Zimra amnesty for motor vehicle importers
Motorists who have imported a vehicle between January 2014 and June 2016, are encouraged to take advantage of the ZIMRA amnesty before 30 September 2016.
ZIMRA is carrying out an exercise to verify whether motor vehicles imported into the country were properly cleared. Motorists are requested to approach ZIMRA to get confirmation of proper clearance, and regularise the clearance if anything is found to be outside of the applicable laws. Why does Road Users Association (RUA) refer to this as an amnesty period? ZIMRA officials confirmed to RUA that if anything irregular is found, the importer will be given the opportunity to regularise the import. However, if the importer does not comply by 30 September, they risk having the motor vehicle seized wherever it is found.
Given the recent number of suspensions and successful convictions of ZIMRA officials, it appears ZIMRA is serious about cleaning up its own house.
Are any radar speed guns in Harare calibrated and functioning?
On Facebook group Dear ZRP we often read of motorists being fined for alleged speeds above 80 km/h, with the motorist insisting they knew of the speed checks presence and deliberately drove under 60 km/h. The motorists’ version is often confirmed on checking their dashboard camera. The speed gun at a particular site most often records a speed of 88 km/h. The digits 8 and 8 also happen to be the first displayed when switching on the speed gun…
There are a number of questions relating to speed measuring equipment, or ‘speed guns’ in Zimbabwe, including:
The above questions remain unanswered because Zimbabwe does not have any Act of Parliament, Statutory Instrument, General Notice or any other law regulating the use of speed guns. This should be of great concern to both ZRP Traffic Head Quarters, and motorists alike.
On the upgrade of intersections
The infamous Groombridge intersection has been successfully upgraded, even though it continues to receive significant attention from ZRP at roadside checks. The SDC format stop sign is in place, with very clear road markings in all directions. We are grateful to Dulux Zimbabwe for their technical and product support, with SAZ Roadline paint being used to ensure the markings enjoy a lengthy life span.
RUA is coordinating the upgrade of the Hellenic Junior School intersection (Borrowdale Road – Harry Pichanick), with the Department of Works. Given the complexity of the intersection and high volume of traffic before and after school hours, a team from Traffic Planning will spend time at the intersection to assess the best solutions for signage and road markings. Logically this should be done during school term and parents will have to wait a bit longer before we can resolve the intersection.
RUA will shortly run a poll on Dear ZRP for motorists’ input on the worst intersections. We expect the most confusing and dangerous intersections around Harare to feature highly on the wish lists.
RUA’s tip for September
Motorists should check the working condition of all the rear lights on their vehicles and trailers, including brakes, indicators, reversing (vehicles only) and in particular, registration plate lights. Even though SI 129/2015 only calls for one registration plate light to be fitted, if your vehicle is fitted with two, ensure both are working to avoid unnecessary roadside debates. It is also important to keep all your lights in a clean state, particularly when coming off gravel roads such as those coming out of Mana, before arrival at roadside check points.