Motorists Face $200 Penalty Fines

Motorists Face $200 Penalty Fines
Published: 2016 June 30 05:35:13 (3070 Views)
Motorists and Pedestrians are at a risk of paying a hefty fine of $200 or face a jail term for picking up passengers or boarding at undesignated areas.

The penalties are under Statutory Instrument 41 of 2016 of the Road Traffic (Traffic Signs and Signals) Regulations gazetted in April.

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba urged the public and motorists to respect the new regulations.

She said the Statutory Instrument makes it an offence for one to fail to obey regulatory markings such as, “No hitch-hiking” signs.

“The no hitch-hiking sign indicates to a pedestrian that he or she shall not attempt to secure a lift from a passing vehicle and the driver of the vehicle that he or she shall not pick up passengers. This prohibition on hitch-hiking is effective for a distance of 500 metres beyond such a sign,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.

She said the Statutory Instrument further provides that any person who removes, damages, obscures or interferes with any sign or the support thereof, shall be guilty of an offence.

She said anyone found guilty under the regulations shall be liable to a fine not exceeding Level 5 or to imprisonment not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

“Police are urging motorists and commuters to comply with the above provisions to avoid being penalised by police officers on the roads. Furthermore, motorists are being urged to cooperate with police on traffic check points and avoid being antagonistic when approached.”

The sign that prohibits the boarding of lifts at undesignated places has a crossed thumb.

It is also marked R207, indicating to a pedestrian that he or she shall not attempt to secure a lift from a passing vehicle and the driver of a vehicle that he or she shall not pick up passengers.

It is the responsibility of local authorities to erect the signs in the cities and towns with some of them already up in line with the Sadc Protocol on Transport, Communication and Meteorology of 1999.

Zim pledges support on China Sea dispute

Zimbabwe has pledged its support for dialogue on the South China Sea dispute.

In a statement yesterday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said it advocated peace among the nations involved.

“Zimbabwe has been following with interest developments in the South China Sea.

“Zimbabwe supports the peaceful resolution of the South China Sea dispute through friendly bi-lateral consultations and negotiations between the countries directly concerned, in accordance with the provisions of international law.

“Zimbabwe respects efforts made by China and the ASEAN countries to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea through dialogue.

“This is the only way in which a resolution can be found to this problem, which affects a number of countries in the region,” the Ministry said.



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