Zimbabwe drivers face $700 road traffic fines

Zimbabwe’s Finance minister Prof Mthuli Ncube on Thursday, increased traffic fines from $30 to $700 for a single road offence in an attempt to reduce the road carnage in the country. In the alternative, one risks one year imprisonment for the offence.

Ncube said the current $30 fines imposed on traffic offenders were no longer deterrent enough.

Said Ncube, “Mr Speaker Sir, road traffic offenses are classified under levels 1 to 3 of the Standard Scale of Fines, with a maximum monetary value of US$30. The current fines, which should act as a deterrent to criminal behavior, have not assisted in reducing such malpractices, mainly due to the low monetary values.

“In order to promote road safety culture by adhering to road traffic regulations, I propose that any person who commits such offenses be liable to fines of levels 8 to 10, which attract a maximum fine of US$700 and imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months, with effect from 1 January 2019.”

Khawar Raja