Harare City Council in conjunction with law enforcement agents will soon begin the process of recalling or punishing people who have left their cars on and around city roads, in parking lots and parking garages or dumped in open spaces.
These old and undriveable cars are not only ugly in shape and occupying space in parking lots and parking lots, but also dangerous obstacles that can cause road accidents.
Some are even dumped near other people’s commercial buildings, especially in industrial areas and shops in and around the city.
Most of the businessmen who own these premises complain about the extremes of garbage disposal.
In an interview yesterday, Harare Mayor Jacob Mafumi confirmed that the council had embarked on a vehicle recall campaign.
“In Zimbabwe, we don’t have scrap metal or a scrap yard, where people put these cars, you see in other countries where there is a place where cars are deposited,” he said. “So what are we going to do? We have asked city planners to locate a place where the vehicles and those shells can be picked up, towed and put there.
“And we will ask people to deposit their cars there, and if they do not deposit their cars, we will fine people for scattering these places.”
The good thing about such vehicles, Clr Mafume said, is that some carry identification and will be able to tell their owners through tracking using number plates, before they are penalized.
“However, we are going to remove all this junk because people start saying they are selling cars and within a short time it becomes a junkyard of old cars and cars that people want to recycle,” he said. “So we will have a proper junk yard where people put these cars and if anyone needs to buy scrap, you can buy it from there.
“We also have enough equipment to move it and crush it, but we do it in an organized location, in a scrap yard where these things are done. Then it is crushed and sold as scrap metal. We may find that it can actually be generating income or a business if done in a proper way. and organization.
“But we will punish those who throw litter everywhere, pretend to do car sales and end up getting dangerous scrap metal that no one picks up.”
In January, Harare City Council raised the towing and storage fee, with motorists expected to pay $100 or the equivalent at the official exchange rate to unlock a reserved car and $50 for storage per day.
The new fees were contained in a circular issued by the Council’s Companies and Communications Department.
Towing a 15-seater bus costs $120, up from $50, and $140 for an 18-seater from $50 or equivalent at the official exchange rate. Fares outside the city center will attract an additional fee of $10 USD or its equivalent in local currency at the official exchange rate per kilometer.
Buses, conventional trucks and articulated heavy trucks will pay a private contractor fee plus a 50 percent fine, storage and value-added tax.
In terms of storage fees, passenger public buses will now pay $50 from $15, traditional buses and trucks will now have to pay $70, up from $25, and articulated heavy trucks will now have to pay $90 from $30.