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Avoiding or Dealing with a Car Invasion

Travel alert Harare CBD

The following tips will reduce the likelihood of a car-invasion, and get you through the experience OK.

A new development is the assault and mugging of motorists stuck in traffic congestion around the Harare CBD. The criminals are operating from a vehicle, and are likely to repeat the modus operandi.

Other incidents of car invasions include members of ZRP and the City of Harare municipal police climbing into vehicles, uninvited. Followed by attempts to extort the motorist of US$ …

If travelling/commuting around the Harare CBD cannot be avoided, we suggest:

Before Driving Off …

  • Get into the habit of seatbelt on and lock doors! Keep your car doors locked at all times with the emphasis on ALL times, applying to both males and females.
  • Lock valuables in the boot. Remove “smash & grab” opportunities.
  • When out and about, keep your phone charged, with airtime or data.

During an Incident …

  • Keep moving. If at all possible, drive to the nearest police station or a public area such as a shopping centre … wherever you will find a crowd.
  • Make a noise. Attract attention with hazards on and hoot constantly.
  • Message for help. If you are not already on a traffic group then message your local neighbourhood group or similar. You can be confident your community WILL respond.
  • Phone for help. Save “In Case of Emergency” numbers into your phone (under ICE or similar).
  • Avoid distracted driving. Put your cell phone away while driving and pay attention to your surroundings.
For information on the RING Dash Camera range, call/WhatsApp Sean on 0775 440 037

Useful Numbers in the Event of an Emergency

ZRP Harare Central Police Station, Operations: (0242) 748836 (24-hour). Contact for assistance with incidents around the Harare CBD.

ZRP Police General Headquarters Harare: (0242) 703631 (24-hour). PGHQ, Harare Anti-Corruption members will take calls from all over the country, referring you to the most appropriate personnel in your area, where necessary

ZRP Central Traffic (0242) 777640

ZRP Harare Suburban District (0242) 777639

ZRP Armed Robberies – Harare Operations (0242) 777777  / 748836

Police Stations:

Avondale (0242) 336361

Avondale  CRLO Traffic 0772 746 074

Avondale OIC traffic 0772 949 645

Borrowdale   (0242) 860067 / 61

Highlands     (0242) 495504

Mabelreign   (0242) 305651

Mabvuku       (0242) 491069

Marlborough (0242) 301802

Milton Park   (0242) 708113

Rhodesville   (0242) 495753

Ruwa             0732 132 726

(This list compiled by a Concerned Citizen and updated on 12.09.22)

The Help24Seven Mobile Phone App

We strongly recommend the Help24Seven mobile phone app. Press the EMERGENCY button for three seconds and your location and contact details will be shared with the Control Room, who will promptly call you to assist with your situation. The team will keep checking with emergency services and updating you until they arrive. For more information visit or call Rodney Beadon on cell/WhatsApp 0772 320 090.

Please share this information with the vulnerable members of your family and community – especially your youngsters and senior family members.

Safe Journeys,
Sean Q. and the Big Sky Team

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A Dash Camera is Now Essential Vehicle Equipment

Poor driving has made a Dash Camera essential vehicle equipment in Zimbabwe

The deterioration of driving conditions across Zimbabwe has resulted in a Dash Camera becoming essential vehicle equipment. As a solution to overcoming corruption at the roadside, Dash Cameras became essential vehicle equipment during the road-block era that ended in November 2017. Since then, Zimbabwe has moved from being over-policed to disappointingly under-policed, with weak law enforcement. Furthermore, so many motorists are proving they need parental supervision, mostly due to the industrial-scale sale of drivers’ licences by corrupt VID staff.

The result is that many well-behaved, law-abiding motorists have become the unfortunate victims of harassment at the roadside and in police stations, and significant inconvenience inside a dysfunctional magistrate court system. The areas where us law abiding motorists usually experience problems are:

Organised confusion around Road Traffic Accidents (RTA’s)

A motorist dealing with an RTA will quickly discover he/she is on the back foot. Rogue members of ZRP often escalate incidents to incite fear in the motorist to secure a bribe. He\she is accused of “negligent driving”, must report to the station for fingerprinting and the vehicle will be impounded until the mandatory court appearance, etcetera, etcetera …
In the meanwhile the guilty motorist will often “encourage” the ZRP member to falsify the incident report at the site of the RTA. In a nutshell, everyone is lying, and the motorist is left spinning …

The result of accepting liability, even to the lesser charge of “driving without due care and attention” is a fine, and importantly, potential liability for any shortfall in the third-party insurance pay-out – which can run into several US$1,000’s!.

Roadside shenanigans affecting vulnerable motorists

Dash Cameras have proved particularly useful in dealing with “hit & run” scams, where a motorist is accused of hitting a cyclist or pedestrian, and not stopping. “Bystanders” chase down the motorist and after loud abuse, push for US$ cash to compensate the “victim”.

A common scam is a vehicle drives into the back of a stationery vehicle, with several men getting out of the vehicle and accusing the driver of the vehicle in front of having reversed into them. They leave after securing US$ compensation for the “damage” to their vehicle.

The categories of motorists most vulnerable to shenanigans on the road are women of all ages, youngsters and senior citizens.

Municipal police across the country are a problem

Most affected by rogue members of the municipal police are drivers of company vehicles, especially out-of-town trucks where the owner is conveniently far away. Motorists are often victims of individuals in plain clothes without any form of identification, possibly “municipal police”, extracting large sums of US$ in bribes from motorists avoiding significant fines. We wrote about the behaviour of Marondera’s infamous municipal police in November 2021, read more here

If you are with us and still reading, you’ll understandably be considering selling the car and staying at home!! However, as staying at home is not an option for most of us, we need a Plan B. We strongly believe that Dash Cameras represent an effective solution for your sanity and safety, and a Dash Camera is now essential vehicle equipment in Zimbabwe.

Rogue members of ZRP, VID and municipal police are most troublesome when they are anonymous/unidentifiable. The consequence of poor supervision by their superiors is the absence of personal identification being carried, and very often, individuals operate in plain clothes.

A Dash Camera instantly comes to your rescue

When a rogue member of a law-enforcement agency or a common criminal/liar, becomes aware that he\she is being filmed, the advantage immediately moves to you, the motorist. Out of fear of the potential consequences, everyone involved suddenly becomes more truthful and honest.

Combined with remaining calm, a knowledge of your rights and the ability to play back footage of the event, you now enjoy the advantage. Other areas where a Dash Camera proves useful:

  1. Clarifying actual speed when accused of speeding (GPS enabled devices)
  2. Uncomplicated playback of video at the roadside (especially Smart devices playing back through a cell phone app)
  3. Limiting abuse of company vehicles with locked/password protected Dash Cameras, also recording the vehicle interior.

Given the very real benefits that Dash Cameras will provide our motoring community, and not forgetting the problems experienced by Dash Camera users during the roadblock-era, we have been hard at work sourcing a range that will provide relief for our community. The result is …

Big Sky’s solution for Zim motorists … RING Dash Cameras

Manufactured by Ring Automotive Limited, United Kingdom, an OSRAM company, we are confident in the quality and functionality of the devices.

This is the latest generation in Dash Camera technology, with the award winning range being launched internationally in 2021. The RSDC3000 Smart Dash Camera with GPS Tracker (available through Big Sky), was positively acknowledged by Auto Express, UK. Read more here

The RING range is backed by Big Sky’s “No Arguments” Warranty Support – with full technical back-up right here in Zimbabwe.

RING Dash Cameras are available right now at Big Sky Supplies, Pomona Shopping Centre, Harare. For additional information please email or WhatsApp 0775 440 037.

Who in your community and family will benefit from the protection of a Dash Cam?

Please share this information with anyone in your family and community in the most vulnerable groups, namely women, youngsters, and senior citizens.

A Dash Camera is now essential vehicle equipment in Zimbabwe and we look forward to empowering motorists across the country, to take back the advantage.

Safe journeys,

Sean Q. and the BIG SKY TEAM

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Radio Removal Samaritans Campaign

Radio Removal Samaritans Campaign

Dear Senior Citizens,

In support of the Radio Removal Campaign, a number of good men and women have volunteered to remove senior citizens’ radios at no charge or just a reasonable amount to cover costs. The schedule of Radio Removal Samaritans can be found below.

The context is the ZBC Concessionary Listener’s License only applies to over 65’s for TV and radio for home use – not for a car radio. Our objective is to ideally remove the car radio or alternatively cover it so that it is not visible to ZRP or ZBC inspectors. You need to successfully argue that you do not have a car radio fitted.

Whether the volunteers are carrying out this service in their personal capacity, or as part of their business, we need to treat them with consideration. Some pointers …

  • Give reasonable notice to the volunteers. All prefer to be contacted by WhatsApp – just  message or call in advance to book your vehicle in with them.
  • Let’s be realistic in our expectations. Some vehicles, particularly newer models, have radios integrated into the dashboard and can pose a challenge. In all cases please be guided by the service provider and accept realities …
  • Let’s be patient. If your ZBC license is not due for renewal for a while, please delay contacting a service provider so that others whose licenses are due for renewal imminently may get first preference.

If you have any feedback on this campaign, whether bricks or bouquets, feel free to email your feedback to

Finally, in recognition of their community spirit, we encourage you to support the volunteers who are in the motor trade with your future business such as vehicle servicing, auto electrics, panel beating, etc. Where applicable we have included business operating names.

Thank you and Take Care,

Sean Q.
7 September, 2022

M&M Panel Beaters / Michael Bryant0787 386 80025 Anthony Avenue, Msasa8:00am to 4:30pm Friday 3.30pmNoWill charge for call outs $50 HarareYes$25 per hour - only if applicable.
Kwik Fix Auto / Malcolm Attwell0777 877 7605A Adylinn Road, Marlborough8:00am to 4:00pmNoN/AYesNo charge for senior citizens
Norman Higgs0771 929 772Cutty Sark Hotel - Kariba7.00am to 5:00pmYesKaribaYesNilHappy to assist.
Damion Boyce0772 35267017 Caithness Road, EastleaAnytimeYesHarareYesNilI am happy to help as I know how tough things are here.
Gladman Gava0773 639 53839 West Drive - Victoria Falls8:00am to 5:00pmYesPreferably those close to Vic Falls, HwangeYesI can do it for free. My only charge might be transport costI am glad to be of help to any senior citizens who are suffering because of this radio law.
Help24Seven / Rodney Beadon0772 320 09020 Honey Bear Lane, Borrowdale24 hours a day 7 days a weekYesWhere ever you need meYesNilWould like this opportunity to educate people about Help24Seven whilst doing a community service.
Dion Wharren0772 603 375Metro Peech, Graniteside8:00am to 5:00pmYesGreendale. Highlands. Chisipite.YesNilWilling to assist where I can.
Charlie Snyman0772 209 88349 Ridgeway South, Highlands8:00am to 5:00pmYesHarare onlyYesNilOther services Senior Citizens may desperately require if I can assist on occasion.
Alphos Chigwadhi0773 552 910Corner Strand and Bessemer, Graniteside8:30am to 4:30pmYesAcross Zimbabwe it’s fine with meYesAny amount that will cover the costs involved.The senior citizens have paid tax for a very long time and it’s high time they also begin to enjoy the benefits.
Available from June only:
Jonathan de Bruijin
0777 697 6318 Tedder Road, Highlands9:00am to 3:00pmYesHarare: Greendale, Highlands, Newlands, ChisipiteYesNilHappy to help - more familiar with older cars.
Tandem Service Centre0776 226 4352 Dunkeld Road, Mount Pleasant7:00am to 5:00pmYesHarare at presentYesNilOur Accessories Department is happy to assist with removing radios.
Kevin Stephens0775 076 7951 Cannock Gardens, Cannock Road, GroombridgeCall to arrangeYesMount Pleasant, Borrowdale, VainonaYesNilNil
Isuzu Restoration Centre / Shacky Nyirenda0773 657 32213 Devon Road, Avondale West8:00am to 5:00pmYesHarareYesNo charge, depending on type of carCan do other cities or towns for free provided fuel is sponsored for the trip
Audiocity / Mohammed Siddiqui0773 047 664117 King George Road, Avondale9:00am to 5:00pmYesWill do call outs anywhere in harare only if the senior citizen is unable to come to usYesNilWill be happy to assist however we can.
Tasimba Mhizha0773 406 974Arundel Office Park, Mount Pleasant8:00am to 5:00pmYesAll

Yes$30 if applicable
Eugene Oswald0772 295 1454 Prue Close, Athlone9:00am to 4:00pmYesHarare, Greendale, some parts of BorrowdaleYesNil
Gerald Mangena0772 900 700Number 16 23rd Avenue, Belmont, BulawayoWeekends only.YesBulawayoYes$5 to cover fuel expenses where applicable.I am based in Bulawayo and I'm happy to assist with radio unit removals during weekends at no charge.
Amy Jane Potgieter0784 996 660159 Citroen Road, Msasa7:30am to 5:00pmYesSuburbsYesNil
Soundboyz / Raymond Marais0712 200 29475B Rhodesville Avenue, Highlands8:00am to 4:30pm Mon - FriNoN/AYes$0-$20
James Hewitt0772 564 00752 Glen Garry Avenue, Highlands8:00am to 5:00pmYesWithin HarareYesNil
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Making Sense of Zimbabwe Lockdown 2021

Big Sky #Zimbabwe Lockdown 2021

There have been high hopes that “non-essential” businesses would be allowed to open as the current phase of Zimbabwe Lockdown 2021 ended on Monday, 15 February 2021. In his address to the nation on the same day, President Mnangagwa announced four significant changes, but the announcement also generated confusion around the reopening of “non-essential” businesses. The publication of SI 42/2021 on the same day formalised three of the changes.
Once again, Big Sky attempts to make sense of Zimbabwe Lockdown 2021 …


There are three principal changes stated in SI 42/2021 published on Monday, 15 February, the same day as the President’s announcement:

  1. The Level IV national lockdown is extended to midnight of 1 March 2021
  2. Curfew has been shortened, now 20:00 to 05:30 (from 18:00 to 06:00)
  3. Business hours for supermarkets and other essential services are extended, now 08:00 to 17:00 (from 08:00 to 15:00).

However, during his announcement on 15 February, the president also stated: “Those in the informal sector may only open once they have satisfied WHO protocols.” This implies that the informal markets may operate (conditionally), even though not stated in SI 42/2010.

In the public announcement on the lockdown extension, the President also stated, “All private companies seeking resumption of operations should test their employees in compliance with WHO protocols.” There is no reference to “private companies” in SI 200/2020 (the consolidated lockdown order), or SI 10/2021 or SI 42/2021 published on 15 February.

We are left wondering whether private companies seeking resumption of operations refers to companies that have been closed during the lockdown that commenced on 5 January, including non-essential services? Any clarification will be published here.


As before, workers in the Essential Services sector are to carry copies of the Lockdown Exemption Letter issued to their company/organization, and a letter on the company/organization’s letterhead. As there has been no statement from ZRP to the contrary, it appears letters issued for the initial period of the lockdown will continue to be accepted during the current extension.

Lockdown Exemption Letter:

According to the “Final Revised Ministry Statement, 4 January 2021”: “Companies in the manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, retail, commerce, tourism and hospitality industry are advised to make use of the Lockdown Exemption letters previously issued by Ministries of Industry and Commerce and Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry for the next seven (7) working days, during which companies should renew their exemption letters.”

And: “Regarding the Tourism and Hospitality industry, Agriculture and Mining the companies in these sectors should get their Exemption letters from their respective parent Ministries.”

The press statement issued by ZRP on 4 January 2021, states: “Movement and exemption letters will now be issued by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce”

This implies that “Do It Yourself” letters/affidavits stamped by ZRP will not be accepted at the checkpoints, and only a Ministry issued letter will be accepted. Given the massive pressure and (unhealthy) congestion at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce offices, we expect other entities to approach their respective ministries, including Tourism, Agriculture, etc. (Also see Notes, below).

Employer’s Letter:

According to the “Final Revised Ministry Statement, 4 January 2021”, the employers’ letter should include:

  • Employee name and ID number
  • The points of commute
  • Company line of business/products and state how that is covered by the Statutory Instruments
  • Working hours, and shifts where necessary
  • The letter should be signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Managing Director (MD)

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) in another of their very useful updates, published a suggested template for the employer’s letter. (For a copy of the CZI update, email


Inter-city travel during Zimbabwe Lockdown 2021 is still restricted. ZUPCO remains the sole authorised public transporter. Members of the public can still only travel on essential service and must carry documentation or similar proving the purpose of the trip. Where practical, we recommend not more than one person in a vehicle, to avoid the appearance of ‘holidaying’. If more than one passenger is travelling, all must be carrying ‘letters’.

Checkpoints typically accept up to 4 passengers in a vehicle with both front and rear seats, and 2 passengers in a pick-up/truck with front seats only. Every occupant of the vehicle must wear a mask.


The Health Minister’s public announcement on 2 January, 2021, said, “Tourist facilities and national parks will operate as before subject to the usual health precautions”. Given the Health Minister’s ruling it is a given that tourists must travel to their holiday destination, and the great majority will travel by road.

However, the continued operation of the “tourist facilities and national parks” is not explicitly provided for in SI 10/2021 nor SI 42/2021. We therefore advise domestic tourists travelling by road to carry hardcopies of your accommodation bookings AND a copy of the Health Minister’s “Lockdown Statement, 2 January, 2021”. (For a copy of the MoH statement, email


Once again there is no reference in any Statutory Instrument, ZRP or ministerial statement to travel by domestic staff or any persons employed by a “non-commercial entity”. As previous, we recommend employers prepare a letter based on the formal employer’s letter (see above), supported by an affidavit stating the purpose of the travel and stamped at your local police station.


There is no reference in SI 10/2020 making it a requirement for motorists to carry letters stamped by ZRP. Based on inter-city travel during the 2020 lockdown periods, provided the motorists’ documents were in order, ZRP stamped letters were neither requested nor expected. However, given the pressure on the various ministries, we understand employers and travellers are approaching police stations with a letter and supporting affidavit, and being assisted.

Under no circumstances should you pay for either Exemption Letters or police stamps.

These notes are provided for guidance only and should be read with the Public Health Order (COVID-19) and subsequent amendments. We welcome any feedback, kindly email


To report cases of harassment and attempts to solicit bribes at lockdown checkpoints or at police station level, contact:

ZRP Police General Head Quarters – Internal Investigations. 2005 Fife Avenue, corner Enterprise Road, Harare: (0242) 702083 / 707702 (Office hours only. After office hours call PGHQ, number below).

ZRP Police General Head Quarters, Harare: (0242) 703631 (24-hour)

 – PGHQ, Harare Anti-Corruption members will take calls from all over the country, referring you to the most appropriate personnel in your area, where necessary. Senior members of the Zimbabwe National Army are coordinating anti-corruption efforts with their counterparts in PGHQ.

ZRP Provincial Operations, Matabeleland: (0292) 885479 (24-hour)

ZRP Provincial Public Relations: (0292) 260358 (Office hours) – Contact for assistance with incidents throughout Matabeleland

Thank you,


Sean Q. and the BIG SKY TEAM

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Published 06 January 2021

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Number Plates in Zimbabwe

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An appeal to ZRP and the Ministry of Transport to show consideration …
There is an insufficient number of number plates in ZImbabwe to meet demand and the impounding of vehicles is disproportionate treatment of motorists who are simply unable to properly register and license their vehicles. And Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) is about to run out again …

Since the joint announcement by ZRP and CVR on the 8th of September, 2020 that vehicles not displaying number plates would be impounded, a great deal of motorists have had their vehicles impounded despite their best efforts. Unscrupulous members at lockdown checkpoints are using this opportunity to extort fines from motorists to be allowed through the checkpoints. Despite CVR’s claims that permanent number plates are available, CVR is unable to meet the backlog of tens of thousands of vehicles requiring numberplates going back to 2019, as well as the demand from recently purchased vehicles. In a statement on the 10th of September Zinara encouraged motorists to properly license their vehicles however without a registration number (issued by CVR), it is impossible to license a vehicle …

Advising motorists to park their vehicles until they are properly registered and licensed is not a solution. In the absence of an efficient Public Transport System, the owners have invested in their vehicles to carry out their business and family affairs and should not be compromised through a dysfunctional environment. 

The registration of vehicles and displaying permanent number plates is vital to reduce crime such as hit-and-runs, robberies, and child abductions. Being able to identify vehicles and their overnight address will also encourage ZRP to re-introduce form 265 which does require the ability to identify offenders. Motorists who have made no attempt or deliberately remain anonymous should be penalized however we encourage the Ministry of Transport and ZRP to show consideration for the realities on the ground.

We recommend that all vehicles displaying Temporary Identification Cards (TIC) dated from the 1st of March, 2020 onwards be permitted on the roads and given a reasonable period to comply. However, vehicles with TIC’s issued prior to the 1st of March or showing no form of identification at all should be parked by their owners but if used, ZRP is in a position to impound.

Equally, ZRP and other authorities must accept full responsibility for vehicles that have been impounded. It is unacceptable that body parts and fuel is stolen from vehicles in the custody of ZRP, City of Harare, and other Councils.

The Ministry of Transport should rapidly scale up the production of number plates in Zimbabwe as well as investing in Central Vehicle Registry’s infrastructure which is currently in shambles, often lacking paper, stationery, and with broken photocopiers making it very difficult for the men and women of CVR to carry out their jobs.

We look forward to CVR and ZRP making a favourable announcement without delay.

With respect,

Sean of Big Sky

This appeal was first published on Facebook group Dear ZRP on 12 October, 2020

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Dealing with unprofessional ZRP checkpoints

Zimbabwean police inspect motorists at a roadblock near Harare on April 1, 2008. By Alexander Joe (AFP/File)

Sadly, not all members of the ZRP have adopted the professional service ethic that Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga is encouraging. We are receiving reports of unprofessional “roadblock-era” behaviour, involving harassment of female drivers on their own. This often occurs in remote, isolated areas where perhaps the members feel they are “untouchable”. Here is my advice on how to prove them wrong …

Visit the local police station

Invest time to visit the Officer Commanding at the police station the ZRP checkpoint is operating from. Request his/her name, rank and cell number. Every region has a TRAFFIC DISPOL, who has overall responsibility for the traffic policing within his/her region. Request his/her name, rank and cell number. Store both contacts in your phone.

Mention these names to the members at the problem checkpoint and you’ll almost always see an attitude adjustment for the better.

Install a dashboard camera

Unprofessional mischief usually occurs where the offending ZRP member feels he/she cannot be identified. A dashboard camera, or “dash cam” immediately overcomes this perception. As we saw during the roadblock-era, motorists using a dash cam experienced less harassment and greater respect. However, if you use a dash cam it is essential that you know how to use it, ESPECIALLY the ability to replay the footage, on request! (With the selfish and negligent driving that has become the norm on our roads and in town, and the dishonest reporting of accidents, dash cams have even more merit. A subject for another time …).

Report offenders to PGHQ

There is a genuine effort, under the leadership of Commissioner-General Matanga, to create a professional police service. We all agree that offensive behaviour by members of ZRP has no place in the current environment. Therefore, motorists can expect a positive response when reporting unprofessional behaviour at PGHQ, Harare (Tel: 024-2703631). However, do expect to have to follow up … request a report number and the name/rank of everyone you deal with.

Facebook group Dear ZRP is always available to report behaviour at ZRP checkpoints, both negative and positive.

Finally, remember that your own attitude and behaviour has a direct influence on the outcome at a ZRP checkpoint. Display the same polite behaviour that you expect to receive and 9 times out of 10 the encounter will be peaceful and amicable.

Safe travel,

Sean Quinlan

Big Sky Supplies, Managing Director

Dear ZRP, Admin

Road Users Association, Co-founder

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Motorists will be alarmed at media reports of $700 deposit fines, from 1 January. Recent reports of ZRP insisting on payment of fines in US Dollars, haven’t helped stress levels. The following should clarify these issues for Big Sky customers …


The short version:

  • The increased fines proposed by Minister Ncube are still going through legal process and are not in effect, yet.
  • The MAXIMUM fine that can be imposed at the roadside remains Level 3, currently set at $30.
  • A fine higher than Level 3 can only be imposed by a magistrate after a court appearance.
  • The deposit fines currently being imposed by ZRP for traffic offences are $10 for Level 1, $20 for Level 2, with Level 3 attracting a fine of $30.
  • Once the final Scale of Fines has been gazetted, Big Sky anticipates Levels 1 to 3 will double to $20, $30 and $60, respectively.

Motorists are reminded you have the right to refuse a roadside fine and appear in court if you prefer not to admit guilt. However, be aware the Harare Magistrate’s Court is dysfunctional and you can expect to be severely inconvenienced …

The long version:

In his 2019 Budget Speech on 22 November, 2018, Finance & Economic Minister Mthuli Ncube proposed a number of measures affecting motorists. Amongst others, the Minister proposed increasing the maximum traffic fine to $700. To implement this and other proposals, the Finance (No. 3) Bill, 2018, was gazetted on 14 December, 2018.

The Bill proposes a revised Standard Scale of Fines, which goes even further than $700, with Level 12 listed as $8,000. (As an example Level 12 applies to “reckless driving” in respect of commuter omnibus and heavy duty drivers). This represents a quadrupling of the Levels from 4 to 14, whereas Levels 1 to 3 are doubled, up to $60.

However, since the minister was questioned in parliament about the severity of these fine levels, we understand they are under review. Big Sky therefore expects fines on all levels will be doubled (not quadrupled), once the final version of the Bill passes through parliament.

In the meanwhile …

  • Motorists are reminded that the MAXIMUM fine that can be imposed at the roadside is Level 3, currently set at $30. A fine higher than Level 3 can only be imposed by a magistrate after a court appearance.
  • The fines currently being imposed by ZRP for traffic offences are $10 for Level 1, $20 for Level 2, with Level 3 attracting a fine of $30.
  • Therefore, do not accept a roadside fine higher than $30, and exercise your right to appear in court if you prefer not to admit guilt.


Motorists will recall the electronic devices ZRP introduced in June, 2017, at the height of the roadblock-era. These are named the Traffic Enforcement Gadget (TEG) and have since evolved into an efficient means to process deposit fines and accept payment.

  • The Traffic Enforcement Gadget is loaded with traffic statutory information, and the relevant fines. 
  • When imposing a fine on a motorist, the ZRP member will enter the section of the Statutory Instrument or Act, and the relevant fine will appear on the screen, e.g. “C.s. 29 Fail to display current vehicle licence or temporary licence – $10”.
  • The motorist is given three options to pay at the roadside: cash, mobile payment (e.g. EcoCash) or swipe. 
  • When paying with EcoCash, the motorists cell number is inputted into the TEG, which then prints the fine with payment method details, which acts as a receipt. The motorist must receive an SMS notification to his/her cell phone, with ZRP clearly stated as the beneficiary.
  • The TEG has an inbuilt swipe facility and a fine/receipt is printed as above.
  • When paying in foreign currency such as Rands, or Pounds, the device will calculate the amount based on the exchange rate of the day. 
  • When paying by cash, USD and bonds are calculated at 1 to 1 and the motorist has the option to pay in either.

Big Sky acknowledges the contribution from the publishers of BIZ Bulletin, a useful guide to business-relevant legislation. Subscription enquiries to 

We hope you will find this update useful.

Kind regards … Sean Quinlan

Managing Director

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