Since the country eased lockdown measures to allow formal businesses to resume operations, the volume of workers in the capital who commute to and from work using public transport has increased significantly.
This has happened at a time when government continues to maintain its ban on privately-owned commuter omnibuses, which used to operate side by side with state-owned Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) buses in providing transport to commuters.
This has however resulted in commuters enduring delays going to and from work, and private vehicle owners to illegally offer transport to commuters.
At least 32 touts and drivers in Harare have been fined for violating road traffic regulations. The offences ranged from driving without due care and consideration to other road users, to venturing into inter-city and intra-city transport during national lockdown.
The offenders appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Muchini this morning.
Muchini spared the offenders custodial sentences as a majority of them were first time offenders. They were ordered to pay fines of between ZWL$15 000 and ZWL$25 000.