The Sunday Mail
Harare City Council has computerised its traffic management system to improve ticketing, data capturing and management as it has emerged that some public transporters and private motorists have accumulated up to 15 unpaid tickets for various road offences.
Since last week – in conjunction with the police, Zinara and Zimra – the council has been checking impounded vehicles against unpaid tickets, expired licence discs, lapsed tax certificates and other road traffic offences.
Harare City Council spokesman Mr Leslie Gwindi said the computerisation would go a long way to improving ticketing and the municipality estimated collections of over US$500 000 in outstanding fines.
“We have implemented the traffic management module onto the BIQ (computer system) . . . We discovered, during the vetting exercise, that some kombi operators and motorists have accumulated over 15 unpaid tickets. They have to clear all the tickets to have their vehicles released.”
Mr Gwindi said the city had realised US$293 000 from 7 000 tickets captured in the BIQ system.
“We expect to capture another 10 000 tickets onto the BIQ. They are valued at over US$500 000.”
According to council the offences range from touting, obstruction, and picking and dropping passengers at illegal points.
Mr Gwindi also said the system would help the city’s traffic officers maintain a database of offenders.
“We hope this new method resonates with what the people have always been clamouring for. We have taken time to listen to the people and we think we are doing what they want,” said Mr Gwindi.
The city has deployed officers at road intersections to record number plates of vehicles flouting the law.
The drivers are then either arrested at roadblocks or when their vehicles are clamped and towed to the City Central Stores.
This is likely to resonate well with a public that has largely been furious with the practice of engaging in high-speed chases with traffic offenders, some of which have ended with fatalities and loss of property.