The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) has issued a warning to motorists that starting October 1, 2022, all vehicles without valid licence discs will be denied access to the country’s roads and will not be able to pass through tollgates.
Before travelling, motorists should ensure that their vehicles are fully licenced, according to the road management agency.
Motorists with valid insurance receipts will also be able to pay for their vehicle licence discs at the toll gates, according to ZINARA.
Part of the public notice released by ZINARA on Thursday reads,
The Zimbabwe National Road Administration would like to advise the motoring public that all vehicles without valid license discs will NOT be allowed to pass through the Tollgates with effect from 01 October 2022.
This is in line with the Vehicle Registration & Licensing Act (Chapter 13:14) subsection 6 and 22 which states that all vehicles which are de-registered, vehicles with licensing exemptions, and vehicles without number plates are not allowed to move around Zimbabwean roads.
As such, we urge the motoring public to make sure that their vehicles are fully licensed before they embark on any travel to avoid inconveniences.
ZINARA will allow motorists with valid insurance receipts to pay for their vehicle license discs at the Tollgates and collect them at the nearest ZINARA licensing offices.
Last year, the government introduced heavy fines for motorists who evade paying toll gate fines.
In a Statutory Instrument published in the Government Gazette last year, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Felix Mhona said:
“Any person who utilizes or allows the use of his or her private road as a by-pass shall be guilty of an offence and liable to pay to Zinara, for the benefit of the road fund, a fine not exceeding level 5.
“Any person who leaves or places on or over any road, at a tolling point, anything with the intention to cause or realizing that there is a real risk or possibility of obstructing such road or endangering persons using it shall be guilty of obstructing or endangering the free movement of traffic and liable to pay to Zinara for the benefit of the road fund, a fine not exceeding level 5.”