Spot fines to stay

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police’s traffic section in Bulawayo has told public transport drivers that spot fines will not be scrapped because the government has no budget to enable them to follow up defaulters.

Report by Blondie Ndebele Own correspondent

Superintendent Moreblessing Gandiyaru, the officer commanding Bulawayo Traffic, told members of the Professional Drivers Association (PDA) at an awareness campaign on corruption held in the city that those who failed to pay the fines will be arrested.

“The government has no budget to carry out follow-ups on those who do not honour the Form 265 payment,” he said.

“Spot fines will be demanded and those who cannot pay will be taken to the nearest police station for further negotiations.”
Gandiyaru said there was no law that made spot fines mandatory, but police had to use their own discretion in such circumstances.

He said the use of tickets that were payable within seven days had complicated the work of police who had no resources to track down defaulters.

Some of the drivers who spoke to NewsDay said they preferred spot fines because they were convenient.

“Though spot fines create corruption, we prefer them because there is no need to go to the station to pay a fine,” one of the drivers said.

“If they are the only option for the traffic police, then we have no problem with them.”

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