Minister proposes new traffic fines for 2017

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In his 2017 budget, Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa proposed new traffic fines for 2017.

The current standard fines are as follows:

Level 1 • Driving a vehicle without windscreen wiper; • Driving without head or side lights; $5

Level 2 • Cutting corners when turning right; • Failure to signal when slowing down, stopping or turning; $10

Level 3 • Proceeding against a red robot; • Overtaking over solid line; • Non-functional foot brake; $20

Chinamasa proposes that fines increase with effect from January 2017. He proposes that fines for Level 1 offences increase from $5 to $10, Level 2 from $10 to $15 and Level 3 from $20 to $30. Chinamasa’s reason for an increase in traffic fines is that most of the accidents in the country’s roads are a result of human error arising from failure to observe road traffic regulations which is worsened by non-deterrent fines.

 

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