By Takunda Mandura
The Harare City Council has set its sights on extending the vehicle clamping zones from the Central Business District (CBD) into locations as it seeks to increase its revenues.
Council collected RTGS$ 2 million between January and August 2019, through clamping vehicles within the CBD but feels it could get more if it were to increase the clamping areas beyond the CBD into locations.
This was revealed in the Finance and Development Committee Minutes of 18 September 2019 that were presented at the recently held full council meeting.
According to the report “the traffic Enforcement Section has clamped a total of 36 897 vehicles and realized RTGS $2 355 610.50 in penalties from January 2019 to August 2019”.
In comparison council collected RTGS $444 391.00 after impounding 5 940 vehicles during the same period of 2018.
The monthly traffic targets of vehicles impounded and revenue collected was surpassed by more than 100%.
The report however noted that the local authority could collect more penalties if the Traffic Enforcement Section’s operations were not limited to the CBD but covered the entire city.
“The scope of operations was limited to CBD instead of the entire city.
“Strategically the city should be divided into 4 regions extending to locations” it said.
The section is thus now working on a proposal to amend the Traffic By-laws so that they would cover all suburbs and the entire city.