The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) has with effect from today hiked fees for the services it offers the public in some instances by close to 10000%, the Chronicle reports.
According to the publication defensive driver’s instructor course shot to $24 000 from $190 and the government reportedly approved the fees before the authority announced the fee hikes.
TSCZ acting director of operations Mr. Ernest Muchena confirmed the development and said the old fees were not making economic sense:
Basic defensive driving course conducted at the venue of the traffic safety council costs $3 040, conducted at the venue chosen by clients (in-house) costs $3 600, including vision test, road test and psychomotor skills costs $3 840.
Registration of a driving school now costs $20 000, renewal of registration of driving school costs $10 000, registration of cooperating agency costs $24 000, renewal of registration of a cooperating agency costs $20 000, certification of defensive driving course candidates trained by cooperating agency now costs $400.
Highway code (including two inserts of traffic signs and questionnaire is now sold for $200, miscellaneous fees, for example reissuing of lost certificates and inspection documents costs $400, course curriculum fees (student handbook) costs $800, student driver workbook costs $400, driving school premises logo costs $3 000,
Heavy vehicle driver skills improvement programme now costs $12 000, transport management and fleet control course costs $16 000, driving school instructor course costs $17 600, duplicate driving school instructor certificate costs $1 600, assistant driving school instructors course costs $17 600, duplicate assistant driving school instructors certificate costs$1 600.
As a State-owned enterprise, we applied to Government for the new prices which were approved. It took some time before they were approved and we know that it will take a very long time before they are reviewed.
The traffic safety council is the regulatory authority when it comes to road usage and road safety.