Government has suspended the implementation of the adjusted road traffic fines by the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) following an outcry from motorists.
According to Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango said the move follows concerns from stakeholders on the new prescribed fees, offenses and penalties which were hiked by almost 200 percent.
Mhango said the suspension will enable government to get more feedback from all stakeholders and find a way forward on the matter.
He said the fines were introduced to curb numerous road accidents that continue to claim many lives in the country.
“Many accidents happen due to noncompliance to road safety rules,” he said.
The implementation of the adjusted road traffic fines was earmarked for November 13, 2017.
In a statement later on Thursday, the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services said it will maintain the normal road traffic fees, offences and penalties until such a time when the new fees will come into force.