HARARE – The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) has launched a prepaid tolling card for the motoring public’s “convenience and especially those in the logistics sector to have total control, and oversight of their operations”.
In launching the initiative Wednesday, Transport minister Obert Mpofu said the use of information communication technologies was critical in the development and management of transport infrastructure.
“The manual system was prone to counterfeiting and prejudice… as fake licences, and toll books could be produced on the black market,” he said.
“This new system will not only maximise revenue collection, but also increase transparency and accountability on the administration’s activities. This will also enable visible development to the motoring public who fund the development,” Mpofu said.
Albert Mugabe, the Zinara chairman, said the new cards were part of a two-pronged exercise to increase accountability in the administration’s revenue collection strategies.
“As an organisation, we are ramping up our responsiveness to the motoring public and its expectations. This is also a proclamation that we are serious about customer service,” he said, adding that the prepaid tolling card would benefit motorists in that it would reduce costs and prove a scalable payment solution to fleet owners.
“The card can be linked to a particular vehicle’s registration number and transactions will only go through if these match,” Mugabe said.
According to the Zinara boss, the parastatal also wants to move into remote frequency identification tags.
As Mpofu has called for enhanced “user-funding” of the rehabilitation programme for Africa’s roads, Mugabe said this week that they were investigating a corridor master development plan for the $2 billion upgrade of the 900 kilometre-long Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway.