Lovemore Meya Court Correspondent
Sixteen commuter omnibus drivers were on Tuesday fined up to $300 by a Chitungwiza magistrate after they pleaded guilty to charges of contravening Section 4 (a) of the Road Traffic Act.
The offences include driving without a defensive driving certificate, lack of five years’ experience and no medical certificate endorsement.
They appeared in separate courts with some being fined $200 on two counts and $300 for three offences.
Samuel Diringa (34) of 15A Ashburton Road, Chadcombe, Harare, was charged together with Jonathan Jenje.
They each faced three counts.
Aggripa Nyangumbe (40) was charged on two counts, with each offence attracting a fine of $100. Failure to pay the fine will attract a month-long prison term.
Diringa and Jenje pleaded guilty before Chitungwiza magistrate Mr Lazarus Murendo and were each fined $300 for the three offences.
Nyangumbe and others appeared in separate courts.
The prosecutor, Mr Tatenda Mukatera, told the court that all the accused were holders of Zimbabwe driver’s licences issued in respect of classes 2, 3 and 5.
However, they were arrested on January 4 after being stopped by Inspector Karonga and his team at a police checkpoint.
They were driving Toyota Hiaces ferrying commuters.
When they were requested to produce their particulars, it was noted that some had no medical certificates, five years’ experience and did not have defensive driving certificates.