Zi­nara re­jects point of sale ma­chines at toll­gates

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THE Zim­babwe Na­tional Roads Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Zi­nara) will not ac­cept pay­ments through point of sale ma­chines at toll­gates as this can cause con­ges­tion and de­lays at tolling points, a Cabi­net Min­is­ter has said.

In­stead, Transport and In­fra­struc­ture Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Jo­ram Gumbo en­cour­aged mo­torists to em­brace the pre­paid toll­gate fee sys­tem.

He was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion in Par­lia­ment by Buhera South leg­is­la­tor Cde Joseph Chino­timba on Wed­nes­day on why Zi­nara was not em­brac­ing the use of plas­tic money at toll­gates.

“At toll­gates, we may not be able to use the POS ma­chines be­cause we will spend a lot of time but I am ad­vis­ing mo­torists to use pre­paid fa­cil­i­ties. If we are to al­low you to use the POS ma­chines at the toll­gates, it may take a long time and the queues can be so long that you will end up getting bored,” said Min­is­ter Gumbo.

He said as an al­ter­na­tive, Zi­nara had a new policy for a pre-paid sys­tem which is more ef­fi­cient and con­ve­nient.

“We now have a policy which al­lows you to make a pre-pay­ment where you get your ticket in ad­vance. The pre-paid sys­tem is also used for Zi­nara pay­ments at toll­gates,” said Min­is­ter Gumbo.

He said the pre-paid sys­tem was mostly used by com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­tions who bought tick­ets in ad­vance.

“This sys­tem was in­tro­duced some­time back but it’s still un­pop­u­lar with gen­eral mo­torists. Com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­tions have em­braced it. They pur­chase their toll tick­ets in ad­vance for a pe­riod of a month or so,” said Min­is­ter Gumbo.

He said bond coins were also ac­cept­able at the toll gates.

“We also use bond coins and it makes life eas­ier for mo­torists to move around in their cars. When you pass through the toll­gates, you are al­lowed to make your pay­ments us­ing bond coins be­cause they have an equiv­a­lent value as the US dol­lar.

“We also ask you as peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives to ad­vise your con­stituents that they can use these bond coins at the toll­gates,” he said.

Zim­babwe has been hit by cash short­ages in re­cent months due to ex­ter­nal­i­sa­tion of for­eign cur­rency and a widen­ing trade deficit.

As a re­sult, the Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe (RBZ) has come up with a raft of mea­sures aimed at min­imis­ing the cri­sis. The mea­sures in­clude pro­mo­tion of plas­tic money us­age (use of bank cards and other elec­tronic pay­ments) by the trans­act­ing public, re­duc­tion in elec­tronic trans­ac­tion costs as well as im­po­si­tion of daily cash with­drawal lim­its.

The use of plas­tic money in the retail sec­tor has in­creased by 70 per­cent fol­low­ing calls by mone­tary author­i­ties on the trans­act­ing public to in­crease elec­tronic money us­age.

High­landers Foot­ball Club on Sun­day do­nated gro­ceries to the fam­ily that lost an el­derly woman Sineta Agnes Ncube and grand­daugh­ter Loretta at Mabuth­weni, Bu­l­awayo. Iden­ti­fied in the pic­ture are team staff Mr Cos­mas Zulu tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor (sec­ond right) and wel­fare man­ager Vezi Gama Dlodlo (right)

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