tollgate narrow.jpgLocal motorists say the toll gates currently being constructed around the country are rudimentary structures likely to cause trouble for local road users in future.

 

The construction of narrow toll gates at the 22 tolling points has irked motorists who feel that local authorities should have constructed larger structures to cater for large vehicles.

A cross section of motorists, who spoke to ZBC News, said the structures appeared to be temporary and will not allow for the passage of heavy vehicles such as haulage trucks.

“These tollgates seem to be temporary, they do not meet international standards. Go to South Africa and you will see what real tollgates are supposed to be,” said one motorist.

Others called for the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA) to speed up repairing of roads as they have not seen tangible results since collection of tolls fees began.

Light vehicles are charged US$1 while buses pay US$3. Haulage trucks have to fork out US$5 at the toll gates.

Efforts to get a response from ZINARA were fruitless as the authority’s Chief Executive Officer was said to be in a meeting.

 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development says it is mulling the introduction of new measures in 2011 to protect commuters and to reduce road carnage on the country’s highways.

 

Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development Minister, Cde Nicholas Goche, says new measures will be introduced to guarantee the safety of commuters and introduce severe penalties on reckless drivers in order to reduce the number of people who die from road accidents.

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While on tour at the offices of the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe , Cde Goche stressed the need to give commuters the power to take action on irresponsible commuter omnibus drivers.

 

“The commuters are the ones whose lives are at risk, so we will introduce new laws that make sure that their concerns are taken seriously. We will also speed up the dualisation of Harare-Mutare and The Harare-Bulawayo roads,” Cde Goche said.

 

Cde Goche also dismissed as false reports in some sections of the media that police are impounding cars with old number plates.

 

He said that his ministry has extended the registration of new number plates due to the delay of clearing cars at Southerton Police Station.

 

“All stakeholders were informed about the registration and this exercise has been on for 5 years. No car has been impounded and people should respect law and go and register their cars as we have given them more time to do so,” he said.

 

The move to introduce new measures to curb road carnage has been necessitated by the increase on the number of accidents that occur on the country’s roads due to negligence resulting in unnecessary loss of life.

 

Over 80 people perished on the country’s roads during the just ended festive season.