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Tollgate fees have not gone up yet: Zinara

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The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) spokesperson, Mr Augustine Moyo, yesterday urged motorists to ignore social media reports that tollgate fees have gone up.

This followed social media claimes that motorbikes would pay US$4, R60 and RTGS $15, light vehicles would pay US$9, R140 and RTGS $34 while heavy vehicles drivers would fork out US$23, R350 and RTGS $86.

All foreign vehicles, the message read, would pay in USD or rand only.

Moyo said: “An image that is circulating on social media of purported new tollgate fees is of road access fees and was probably taken at Beitbridge Border Post. It is not of tollgate fees. Zinara cannot wake up and increase toll tariffs.

“While there have been proposals to review current tariffs, the Government has a system and through that system if there is any increase on tariffs it will be gazetted therefore l urge motorists not to panic.”

On April 26, Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Joel Biggie Matiza, advised on local radio that a new structure of higher tollgate fees will be announced soon.

Speaking at the sidelines of the ongoing Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo, Matiza said the increase in toll fees has been necessitated by the erosion of the RTGS dollar.

Light vehicle motorists are currently paying $2 while minibuses and buses pay $3 and $4 respectively. Drivers of haulage trucks are required to pay $10 to pass through tollgates.

Zimbabwe already has 26 tollgates along major highways, situated between 15 to 20km from major cities and towns. Government introduced tollgates in 2009 and has to date collected around $500 million from them.

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