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    Received this today, which is good news for those of us who feel that the Zimbabwean Republican Police have been ripping the public off for the past 3 years at road blocks.
    All vehicles entering Zimbabwe should carry a copy of this in their cubby hole to avoid being troubled by duplicitous, money-grabbing ZRP officers. ALSO, please note that the maximum fine for Traffic Offences remains $20.

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    REGULATIONS ......declared Null & Void



    STATUTORY INSTRUMENT 154 of 2010: ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & USE) REGULATIONS.

    The above regulations, gazetted on 17th September 2010, were declared Null & Void in June 2013, and therefore the following changes which were introduced in S.I. 154 of 2010 are no longer enforceable by authorities. See the list of previously repealed Regulations on page 805 of S.I. 154 of 2010, which would now come back into force. In summary, the following are the major issues that revert to the former regulations:

    1. Width of Motor Vehicle (5.1) and Trailer (5.2): The maximum width of a vehicle reverts to 2,5 metres.

    2. Left hand Drive Vehicles (10): The ban on LHD vehicles is effectively now Null & Void.

    3. Reversing Lamps (27) are no longer mandatory

    4. Spot Lights (2 The fitting of these is no longer regulated.

    5. Height marker lamps – front & rear & side marker lamps (30): No longer mandatory.

    6. Red & White Reflectors (32): White reflectors in front and red reflectors at the rear remain a requirement, but the stipulation of the retro reflective tape is no longer enforceable. The front white and rear red reflectors no longer have to be a continuous strip across the width of a heavy vehicle, but only need to be 300mm in length and extend to within 400mm of the outer edge of the vehicle – S.I. 224 of 1980 as amended, refers.

    7. Amber Reflectors (40): the requirement for amber reflectors along the sides of any vehicles or combination exceeding 8 metres in length is no longer mandatory.

    8. ‘Breakdown’ Triangle (52): Reflective breakdown triangles are no longer mandatory.

    9. Serviceable Spare Wheel, working jack and appropriate wheel spanner (53): are no longer mandatory.

    10. Reflective vest: Were only mandatory for cyclists and motor cyclists in S.I. 154, but are no longer mandatory.

    11. Fire Extinguishers inside the Cab (53): Light vehicles (750g) and heavy vehicles (1,5kg) - are no longer mandatory.

    12. Speed Monitoring and Speed limiting Devices (64): Working tachographs were required on heavy vehicles with net mass exceeding 4,600kg in S.I. 62 of 1988 and record cards had to be retained for possible inspection for no less than 6 months.

    13. Motor Vehicle Import – Type Approval (65): The ban on vehicles that are over 5 years old is now null & void.
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    Thanks for this Alan. What's your source - I cannot find a June news article? This recent article refers to an appeal filed against another portion of the regulations, not to them being struck down.

    I had thought that these regs were struck down in Nov 2012 on a technicality (news link) but ministry of transport expressed intention to immediately re-introduce them. An appeal was filed by the ministry (news link) and the cops continued to enforce, on the basis that matter was under appeal (news link). The advice at the time was to continue to comply.

    I can confirm they still check the small white and red reflectors but have not been checked for kit recently.

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    I received word from friends in Harare that the above does not hold true. Nothing changed.

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    As I understand it, the appeal is yet to be heard and so the cancellation of the regulations is on-hold pending the appeal. Thus the legal position is the regs still apply.

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    Received it from a friend who farms outside Bulawayo.
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    Some comment/discussion on this fb page, post dated 28 June, seems to make it clear that there was no change in June 2013, so the case is still pending appeal.

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    Just received this today:
    Dear Members,



    Some interesting figures for those of us who tend to exceed the speed limit, albeit inadvertently, although from the earlier posting some of these regulations fall by the wayside for the time being (but I wonder if the traffic department of the ZRP are aware of this) Could be a plan to have this printed and a copy kept in the document pocket of your vehicle for reference should you need assistance from the brass below the schedule.



    Have a great day



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    From: David Hayman <davidrhayman@gmail.com>

    Date: 02 July 2013 10:26:20 AM

    To: Kerry Hayman <kes-1907@hotmail.com>, Kerry Hayman <haymankerry@gmail.com>, Neal Leach <leach.nc.js@gmail.com>, fiona mason <fish@netconnect.co.zw>

    Subject: Fwd:







    http://consumerizim.com/2013/06/11/z...traffic-fines/



    VEHICLE REGISTRATION & LICENCING ACT (CHAP.12:14)

    FINES: Printed 10 April 2013

    Fine (US$)



    Fail to…
    Display current vehicle licence
    5

    Produce documents within 7 days to Police
    5

    Produce documents within 7 days to VID
    10

    Licence vehicle registered vehicle-all classes
    10

    Display registration mark and Number OR its illegible
    10

    Notify change of ownership – 14 days
    10

    No…
    Number plate
    10

    Rear Number plate light
    5

    Drivers licence
    20

    Insurance
    10

    White front reflectors
    5

    Red read reflectors
    5

    Red “T” on rear trailer
    10

    Motor vehicle + Trailer longer than 8 metres – No amber side reflectors @ 4mt – each
    5

    Red triangles
    15

    Horn or abuse of horn or fail to use horn
    10

    Stopping, No parking, no left or right turn
    5

    Other:
    Proceed against red robot
    20

    Proceed against amber robot
    10

    Encroach over white line at a robot
    10

    Fail to stop at flash lights – Railway crossing
    20

    Overtaking over solid white line
    20

    Double parking
    5

    Stop or park within 7.5 mt. of intersection
    15

    Fail to give way to right-uncontrolled intersection
    15

    Cut corner when turning right
    10

    Fail to…
    Signal – slow down, stop turn left or right
    10

    Stop – minor accident
    20

    Stop – serious accident

    Defects:
    No headlights, one headlight or no side lights
    5

    No headlights or side lights
    10

    Headlights causing dazzle
    15

    No dip switch
    10

    Foot brakes not working
    20

    Hand brakes not working at all – max
    15

    Unable to keep vehicle still when brake applied
    15

    No windscreen wiper
    5

    Windscreen not providing clear undistorted vision
    10

    No exhaust silencer
    10

    Inefficient exhaust silencer
    5

    Causing excessive smoke
    10

    Leaks of oil and fuel onto road
    5

    Dangerous tyre – canvas showing – per tyre
    5

    Axles Loading 1-50
    10

    51-200
    15

    201-40
    20

    400
    court


    No Safety belt
    5

    Spit in or from vehicle
    5

    Discard rubbish fro vehicle
    5

    Abusive behavior
    10


    Speeding:
    kph over limit
    6-15
    5

    16-25
    10

    26-35
    15

    36-50
    20

    50+
    court


    Production of documents
    7 days


    Fail to produce documents:
    Drivers licence
    20

    Insurance
    5

    Registration book to VID
    10




    Police Officers must give rank, name and number.

    Spot fines – Form Z69(j)

    Admission of Guilt. Form 265 to pay fine at police station within 7 days

    S/I PHIRI: Public Relations. Nat. Complaints Line: 04 703 631 (24 hr service)

    S/I NCUBE: 077 2719 730 or 071 2769 768

    S/I KANGWARE: 071 2415 491

    Spokesperson Traffic Inspector CHIGOME 077 2965 030
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    NewsDay Zimbabwe
    You are here: Home > Left-hand vehicles to stay
    Left-hand vehicles to stay
    January 30, 2014 in National , News
    THE government has withdrawn an appeal at the
    Supreme Court where it intended to challenge a
    High Court order granted in favour of the
    Transport Operators’ Association of Zimbabwe
    (TOAZ) in the left-hand drive vehicles ban saga.
    SENIOR COURT REPORTER
    In 2012, High Court judge Justice Francis Bere
    overturned government’s decision to ban left-
    hand drive vehicles and to force motorists to
    carry red reflective triangles and fire
    extinguishers, declaring that the regulations were
    null and void and invalid.
    However, unsatisfied with Justice Bere’s decision,
    the government filed an appeal at the Supreme
    Court challenging the judgment.
    In a letter addressed to the Registrar of the High
    Court from the Supreme Court dated January 27,
    2014 copied to the Civil Division of the Attorney-
    General’s Office and Messrs Kantor and
    Immerman, the registrar said: “I return herewith
    three copies of the record of proceedings. The
    appellant (Minister of Transport, Communication
    and Infrastructural Development) filed the notice
    of withdrawal on the 12th day of November 2013.
    “By copy of this letter, the parties are duly
    advised that my file is closed.”
    Justice Francis Bere’s ruling struck down the
    Road Traffic (Construction and Equipment Use)
    Regulations 2010 contained in Statutory
    Instrument 154 of 2010, which, among other
    things, sought to ban left-hand drive vehicles
    from Zimbabwe’s roads.
    The matter was taken to the courts by TOAZ,led
    by Bernard Lunga, the owner of Cross Country
    Containers,a major transporter in Zimbabwe,who
    was represented by lawyers ABC Chinake and
    Simplicio Bhebhe of Kantor and Immerman.
    The association argued that the regulations had
    been improperly gazetted and, therefore, were null
    and void.
    Transport minister Nicholas Goche was also
    accused of purporting to change an Act of
    Parliament through regulations and seeking to
    exercise powers that had not been given to him
    under the Road Traffic Act.

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