Toll fees were last reviewed on the 23rd of May 2022. The review was on the ZWL$ side as the US dollar toll fees remained the same. Effective from 17 June 2022, less than a month later, the toll fees have been reviewed again. Again, the US dollar toll fees remained unchanged, only the ZWL$ ones have changed. Effective from 17 June 2022, vehicle licensing fees have also been reviewed upwards. They have been doubled (or more) as you will see later on, in ZWL$ that is. That is the focus of this article, laying out the latest vehicle licensing and toll fees.

Toll Fees Review – Effective 17 June 2022

In terms of Section 4 of Statutory Instrument 32 of 2021, toll fees which are pegged in foreign currency are payable in ZWL. With effect from 17 June 2022, the following toll fees will apply:

ClassUSDPrevious

Toll

Fees

(ZWL)

New

Toll

Fees

(ZWL)

    
MotorcyclesExempted  
Light Motor

Vehicles

 

2

 

520

 

700

Minibuses37801050
Buses410401400
Heavy

Vehicles

 

5

 

1300

 

1750

Haulage

Trucks

 

10

 

2600

 

3500

Residential

Discount

Per Term

 

40

 

10400

 

14000

Let me also, for your benefit, lay out the foreign currency toll fees for US dollars, Rands, and Pula:

ClassUSDZARBWP
    
MotorcyclesExempted  
Light Motor

Vehicles

 

2

 

30

 

20

Minibuses35040
Buses46050
Heavy

Vehicles

 

5

 

80

 

60

Haulage

Trucks

 

10

 

160

 

120

Residential

Discount

Per Term

 

40

 

 

Vehicle Licensing Fees Review – Effective 17 June 2022

The following are the Vehicle Licensing fees effective from 17 June 2022:

Net

Mass

PreviousNew
   
Up

to

1500KG

32407000
1501

to

2250KG

45909460
2251

to

3000KG

540011120
3001

to

3750KG

1080022240
3751

to

4250KG

1350027810
4251

to

5000KG

1620033360
5001

to

5750KG

1800036970
5751

to

6250KG

1890038830
6251

to

7000KG

2160044390
7001

to

7750KG

2322047720
7751

to

9250KG

2484051020
9251

to

10000KG

2664054770
10001

to

10750KG

3555073030
10751+KG54000110920

These changes continue to demonstrate the obvious, the Zimbabwe dollar is collapsing. Right now the parallel exchange rate has gone past ZWL$600 to US$1. From the looks of it, the exchange rate is fast approaching the ZWL$1000 to US$1 mark. No wonder why people are wondering why the government continues to be adamant that the Zimbabwe dollar is worth it. The biggest dent pertains to salaries which, despite all these changes, remain unchanged. There is a widening discordance between the rising cost of living and the salaries people are getting.

Civil servants are one of the notable examples that are ailing due to this. In the past week, there have been screenshots circulating on social media of some civil servants’ salaries. I recall seeing one that had roughly ZWL$24000 on it. That translates to less than US$40 – to cater for one’s monthly needs. How does one manage to adequately cater for rentals, food, electricity, and other needs with that money?? Many people feel we should just dollarise, what are your thoughts on the matter? Fact is, such ZWL$ price reviews will continue to occur if the fundamental issues are not addressed soon. Which is grossly unfair to most Zimbabweans who earn interbank rate-pegged ZWL$ salaries.