By Elvis Dube
Government is set to increase the price of toll gates by the 500% a move that is likely going to be unpopular with motorists who have been subjected to ever spiralling fuel hikes now pegged at $7.54 for petrol and $7.22 for diesel.
Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube proposed the controversial toll gate hikes today at his mid-term fiscal budget during parliament proceedings that were marred by controversies as MDC parliamentarians were barred for refusing to recognise the President’s Legitimacy, as the President and Head of State of Zimbabwe.
Ncube proposed that the new prices be RTGS$10 for small vehicles, RTGS$15 for minibuses, RTGS$20 for buses, RTGS$25 for heavy vehicles and RTGS$10 for horse and trailer trucks.
Motorists interviewed expressed disappointment and disapproval for the new proposed toll gate hikes, arguing their upkeep could not sustain government’s new insensitive decision.
Mr Robert Vengesai a Harare based motorist reiterated that government continued to milk its citizens of the little their heard though the country was facing critical economic crisis.
“Our nation is currently facing a critical economic crisis that requires a lasting solution, increasing toll gate fees adds more salt to the wound to us motorists that have been forced to source expensive fuel.
“Government is failing to take into cognisance the butterfly effect toll gate hikes has to the both the commuter and passenger,” he said.
The toll gate hike is likely to influence the increase of transport charges and services offered by road companies further subjugate Zimbabweans to more economic hardships.