Following the end of Operation Restore Legacy, ZRP issued a memorandum dated 19 December, 2017, detailing a number of initiatives intended to restore public trust and confidence. An 11-Point Plan was issued by Officer Commanding National Traffic, Senior Assistant Commissioner Tayengwa.
Based on the contents of the ZRP memo and 11-point plan, Road Users Association suggests the headline issues are:
- ZRP has a renewed focus on public safety and security
- ZRP has committed to a zero tolerance of corruption
The main points of interest to motorists are:
- Only National Traffic is to carry out traffic enforcement duties
- The Traffic branch will focus on road safety and security, through traffic awareness campaigns and “other road safety programs”
- A weekly roadblock schedule has been implemented. Crucially, roadblock spacing has been revised to not more than one roadblock within 100 km.
- No traffic fines will be imposed on the roadside. Where necessary and for serious offences, the offending motorist will report to a police station, where the traffic fine will be imposed, or a docket opened.
- No spot fines are to be imposed, and ZRP are considering reintroduction of the Form 265.
- Any member of ZRP suspected of corruption is to appear in the criminal court within 48 hours and disciplinary court within 72 hours.
- Laziness, rudeness, arrogance and a half-hearted approach from ZRP members, will not be accepted – commanders are expected to apply maximum supervision.
With ZRP implementing the above commitments, the motorist can expect:
Members of Traffic branch will display their name tags (currently embroidered on his/her shirt), will not withhold drivers licences without written consent, will not collect more than the fine amount stated in the Schedule of Deposit Fines, and will not be carrying a traffic fines book (Z69j) at the roadside.
Roadblocks will be placed on national roads, with a minimum 100 km’s between each roadblock. (Roadblocks not displaying signs and using barricades, can be referred to as checkpoints). For obvious reasons, checkpoints in urban areas are not subject to the 100km rule. However, the crucial difference is in the behaviour we can expect: the checkpoints deployed in towns and cities will be deployed to ensure the free flow of traffic, prevent bad driving and remove unlicensed drivers and vehicles, and unroadworthy vehicles from the road. Expect to see B-cars (the Ford Fiesta’s) on mobile patrol, and checkpoints manning high-traffic zones.
A motorist who is required to pay a fine at a police station, has the option of not accepting guilt, in which case a docket to appear in court will be opened. Note: Until the judicial system shows the same commitment to an efficient service, RUA advises motorists to do anything (legally) possible to avoid our dysfunctional Magistrates Court’s.
In the absence of the Form 265, If the motorist accepts guilt, he or she is invited to approach the Officer in Charge of the police station to determine a modality for payment at a date suitable to both ZRP and the offender. If the OIC is satisfied the motorist will pay at a later date, the OIC is authorised to allow a payment period. RUA encourages ZRP to expedite reintroduction of the Form 265, or an automated option that achieves the same advantages.
Zero corruption. Soliciting a bribe or any serious behaviour not complying with the 11-Point Plan, is to be reported. Motorists can do this at Morris Depot (National Highway Patrol), PGHQ or main police stations. Dishonest, aggressive behaviour belongs in the past – both ZRP and the motoring public have a responsibility to ensure that happens.
While Road Users Association commends National Traffic for these initiatives, motorists are equally responsible for achieving the key objectives of Zero Corruption, and safety on the roads. It is RUA’s view that ZRP are showing more respect, tolerance and commitment to road safety than the majority of motorists are.
It’s time for motorists to step up and play our part to achieve safe and pleasant motoring for all.
for Road Users Association