Home Affairs Co-Minister, Cde. Kembo Mohadi says the issue of spot fines being paid to the ZRP is within the parameters of the law but a proposal has been made to cabinet with a view of making the process convenient.Cde Mohadi said contrary to some media reports, he had not said the spot fines are illegal, but that a proposal is currently under consideration to work out ways to make the paying of spot fines convenient.
He however said the process requires extensive research before implementation.
â€œSpot fines are legal but government is looking at making them friendlyâ€¦ we discussed this issue and we are working to come up with policies to address this as they are legal and not a violation of human rights…we are looking at the merits and demeritsâ€¦,â€ said Cde Mohadi.
On allegations that spot fines actually fuel corruption among traffic police officers, Cde. Mohadi argued that the ticketing system also has loopholes, adding that the process of tracking defaulters is costly.
â€œWe are not here to penalize the public but to protect themâ€¦follow up on defaulters may prove costly as looking for a defaulter of a $20 fine may cost moreâ€¦so we will need to research on how others cope,â€ he said.
Of late there has been an outcry from the motoring public over heavy police presence on the countryâ€™s roads.
However, Cde Mohadi contended that this has instead helped in reducing road carnage and car-jacking, adding that police officers can enforce the Road Traffic Act regardless of which department they are from.
On Wednesday, Cde Mohadi had talked about the issue of spot fines in the House of Assembly on Wednesday while responding to a question posed by Kwekwe Central legislator, Mr. Tichaona Chiminya on the legality of spot fines for traffic offences.