Bicycle owners will soon be requested to produce bicycle licences at municipal road blocks with defaulters having their cycles impounded, the city has said.
The local authority’s spokesperson Micheal Chideme said the measure was in response to a increasing number of unregistered bicycles before adding that the enforcement move was partly inspired by the need to increase revenues.
“Those who use bicycles should licence their bikes. The municipal police road blocks will be checking for these licences and those without will have them impounded,” Chideme told Kukurigo.
Council imposes annual licence fees on bicycles on the strength of Harare (Cycle-Licencing) By-laws 2016. The regulations stipulate that any person who fails to comply shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or one year imprisonment or both.
According to the by-law, “on January 1 of each year, the owner of a cycle which is ordinarily kept and used on any road within the council area shall obtain a licence for the cycle, with the licence expiring on December 31 in the year of issue.”
In the event of change of owners, “the person selling or disposing of the cycle shall deliver the relative licence to the new owner and the new owner shall within 14 days of his or her becoming an owner, register the change of ownership at the office of the licencing official and shall be accompanied by the transfer fees prescribed by council from time to time.”
Elsewhere, the local authority said it also plans to conduct a door-to-door exercise to check on dog registration in accordance with council by-laws and animal management control measures.
“We are saying all those with dogs should licence their dogs. There is going to be a door to door exercise to check on the licencing of dogs and all stray dogs will be impounded,” Chideme said.
Chideme added that residents who built perimeter walls without approved plans will not be spared.
“Homeowners who built perimeter walls around their properties without approved plans are advised to regularise the construction of the security walls,” he said.
The city spokesperson said the council is mindful of the general hardship among residents and has chosen not to hike rates and charges notwithstanding the economic volatility currently obtaining.