Govt closes 2 loss-making tollgates

Chivhu-Nyazura tollgate - Pic by Miriam Mangwaya

GOVERNMENT has shut down two tollgates that were reportedly recording revenue losses.

One of the closed tollgates was sited along the Ngundu-Tanganda Highway, 9km before Triangle, while the other was along the Chivhu-Nyazura Road, 17,5 kilometres before Chivhu.

Government gazetted Statutory Instrument (SI) 219 of 2022 to cease operations of the tollgates before December 31, 2022.

The SI reads: “It is hereby notified that the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, in terms of section 6 of the Toll Roads Act [Chapter 13:13], has made the following regulations: The Second Schedule to the Toll Roads (Regional Trunk Road Network) Regulations, 2009, published in Statutory Instrument 39 of 2009, is amended by the deletion of the following road tolling points (Ngundu-Tanganda and Chivhu Nyazura).”

The two tollgates were part of the 10 that were approved for construction by government in 2015 and were operated by the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara).

In an interview with NewsDay, Zinara spokesperson Tendai Mugabe said the tollgates were shut down following an operational review.

“We conducted a review of how all the tollgates in Zimbabwe operate and from that, we concluded that two tollgates needed to stop operating,” Mugabe said.

NewsDay understands that the tollgates were being manually operated as there was no electronic system installed at other tollgates.

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