ema steady kangata.pngLocal transporters have attacked the Environment Management Agency (EMA) over what the haulers call unjustified transit fees that are being charged by the environmental watchdog.

The transporters say EMA is milking them by charging exorbitant transit fees, saying the environmental watchdog should spread the fees to cover producers of the substances they carry rather than charging the haulers.

The Transporters Association of Zimbabwe says it has tried to engage EMA on numerous occasions to come to an understanding on the issue without success

A transporter, Mr Gumisai Dengure said the fees are too high, suggesting that a company should have one license rather than EMA charging every truck.

However EMA Information and Publicity Manager, Mr Steady Kangata said the charges are required by law to assist in environmental protection.

The Environmental Management Act stipulates that any person whose substances affect the environment is liable to pay a cost for the restoration of the environment that is, the polluter pays principle.