The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) will soon announce new tollgate fees as it seeks to keep the charges at par with the United States dollar.
Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Joel Biggie Matiza confirmed the development to NewsDay recently. He said:
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The toll fees are being reviewed and I can say the process is currently underway. The new toll fees will be out soon after we complete the whole (reviewing) process.
ZINARA board chairperson Michael Madanha said the proposed rates were awaiting Finance ministry approval. Madanha said:
Definitely the toll fees are going to be reviewed up and anytime soon we will be having the new charges.
We have already come up with proposed rates and we wait for approval from the Finance ministry.
I am not privy as to what the new charges will be like as this lies with the Zinara executive.
In July last year, the government increased toll fees that saw light vehicles being required to pay $10 up from $2, mini-buses $15 up from $4 and conventional buses $20 up from $5. Heavy vehicles and haulage trucks paying $25 and $50, respectively.
Runaway inflation has rendered the charges worthless.