Road Motor Transportation Act
- Commenced on 1 July 1998
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Road Motor Transportation Act [Chapter 13:15].
Part II – Commissioner of Road Transport and other officers
3. Commissioner of Road Transport and other officers
4. Persons to advise Commissioner
5. Commissioner to keep recordsThe Commissioner shall keep such records, books and registers as may be prescribed.
6. General powers of Commissioner
Part III – Operation of goods vehicles and passenger transport services
7. Requirements for operation of goods vehicles or passenger transport services
8. Application for operator’s licence
9. Issue or refusal of operator’s licence
10. Form and period of validity of operator’s licence
11. Operator’s licence not transferableAn operator’s licence shall not be transferable.
12. Route authority
13. Publication of routes and fares and display of route authority
14. Renewal of licences and authorities
15. Amendment of licences and authorities
16. Duplicate licences and authorities
17. Power of Commissioner to suspend, cancel or amend licence or authority
18. Obligations of holder of operator’s licence
19. Minister may suspend issue of operators’ licences
20. Commissioner may invite applications for provision of transport servicesIf, in the Commissioner’s opinion, any route or area is in need of any type of service that could be provided by holders of operators’ licences, he may, by notice in the Gazette and in such other manner as he considers appropriate, invite applications to operate the required service on that route or in that area.
Part IV – Foreign licences
21. Circumstances in which Commissioner may issue foreign licenceWhere the Commissioner considers that it is necessary, for the purpose of—
22. Application for foreign licence
23. Issue or refusal of foreign licence
24. Form and period of validity of foreign licence
25. Conduct permitted under foreign licenceNotwithstanding section seven but subject to the terms and conditions of his foreign licence, the holder of a foreign licence may operate the goods vehicle or passenger transport service to which his licence relates, without being the holder of an operator’s licence.
26. Cancellation of foreign licence by Minister
27. Application of certain provisions of Act to foreign licencesSections eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen and nineteen shall apply, mutatis mutandis, in respect of foreign licences and the holders thereof.
28. Recognition of licences and other documents issued outside Zimbabwe
Part V – Examiners, inspecting officers and inspection of vehicles
30. Inspecting officers
31. Issue of certificates of fitness
32. Examination of vehicles
33. Power to stop and inspect vehicles and require information
Part VI – Appeals
34. Appeals against decisions of Commissioner
35. Appeals against decisions of examiners, inspecting officers, etc.
Part VII – Additional offences and penalties
36. Conveyance of more passengers on vehicle than are permitted
37. Conveyance of passengers on vehicle not permitted to do soIf any person causes or permits a passenger to be conveyed on a vehicle whose licence authorizes only goods to be conveyed on the vehicle, he shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.[section amended by Act 22 of 2001]Provided that this section shall not apply to the conveyance of—
38. Conveyance of excess goodsIf the operator or driver of a goods vehicle causes or permits the vehicle to convey goods whose mass exceeds the maximum mass permitted to be conveyed on or in the vehicle in terms of any licence issued under this Act, he shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level nine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.[section amended by Act 22 of 2001]
39. Failure to observe terms or conditions of licence or authorityIf the operator, driver or conductor of—
40. Touting for customIf the operator, driver or conductor of an omnibus or any person acting on behalf of such operator, driver or conductor, by troublesome and frequent demands or by persistent following holds out the omnibus for hire to the public or acts in any way so as to cause annoyance or inconvenience to any other person, he shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level four or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.[section amended by Act 22 of 2001]
41. Passenger entering full omnibus
42. Forgery of documents
43. Non-payment of fareIf any person commits any of the following acts with reference to a vehicle used in the operation of a passenger transport service, that it so say—
44. General penalty[section repealed by Act 22 of 2001]
Part VIII – General
45. Minister may prohibit use of certain vehicles
46. Minister may prohibit conveyance of certain goods
47. Relaxation of Act to facilitate certain works
48. Licence to remain valid under certain circumstances
49. No refund of certain feesSubject to any regulations such as are referred to in paragraph (h) of subsection (2) of section fifty-two, no fee paid in terms of this Act or any other enactment shall be refunded upon the suspension or cancellation of any licence or authority in terms of this Act.
50. Recovery of fares in certain cases
51. Evidence and presumptions
53. Repeal of Cap. 13:10Subject to section fifty-four, the Road Motor Transportation Act [Chapter 13:10] is repealed.
54. Transitional provisions and savings
History of this document
01 July 1998