A man driving a Honda Fit caused a commotion at a service station in Marondera on Monday after he bought 400 litres of fuel while other motorists were restricted to only 40 litres.
Motorists who were queuing for the precious liquid were angered by the move as they suspected fuel attendants of corruption and fuelling the fuel black market.
Police and officials from the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), had to be called in to diffuse the volatile situation.
EMA provincial spokesperson Astas Mabwe confirmed on Tuesday that the motorist identified as Norman Nyandoro had been issued with a $500.00 ticket for transporting a dangerous substance without a licence. Said Mabwe:
EMA issued him (transporter) with a ticket of ZWR$ 500 for contravening SI [Statutory Instrument] 268 of 2018, which requires one to have a licence issued by the agency for transportation of hazardous substances.
The fuel, about 400 litres, was loaded into a Honda Fit and according to the driver, it was being transported to Harare.
The fuel was loaded in varied container sizes totalling seven. The vehicle and fuel are currently with the police. We would like to urge people to comply with the requirements of the law in light of intermittent fuel supplies.