Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) has adopted a prepaid toll gate card which provides motorists with a viable card swiping option at its toll gates. This might have a come at an eleventh hour for the citizens and corporates who have been facing serious cash crisis as banks continue to offer very limited withdrawals per day.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
The prepaid tolling cards are available at ZINARA offices at $2 to override the regular Point of Sale (POS) terminals which have been rejected by the Ministry of Transport because of their potential to cause congestion and delay. For once in these dazzling times, the ZINARA IT Operations department has managed to come up with a very flexible solution so cater for its ever busy traffic users which is likely to come as a relief to the citizens.
The new prepaid tolling system was acquired from Univern Enterprises, a Zimbabwean-registered firm, which also trades as Southern Region Trading Company (SRTC). Its subsidiary, ICEcash, was responsible for the Zimpost online payments platform.
The roll-out of the prepaid system has been structured out into two phases with Phase 1 incorporating all Zimbabwean toll gates except the toll plazas on the Plumtree-Harare-Mutare highway and Phase 2 which will encompass all the 26 tollgates in Zimbabwe.
The idea to migrate to prepaid facilities has been on the table for over 2 years and was initially driven by a need to have a more transparent system that would raise the levels of accountability on all revenues collected through the toll gates.
However, the system’s value proposition has been amplified by cash shortages which affect everyone’s ability to make even the most basic of transactions.