New Highway Code Launched By Government

New Highway Code Launched By Government: The new highway traffic code adopts the SADC signs and signals to replace the one most Zimbabweans have known since the early 70s. Everyone in Zimbabwe is expected to know and follow the rules of the new highway code as of April 6, 2017 when it was launched.

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The SADC region adopted these harmonized road signs and signals in an effort to reduce road carnage in line with the United Nations Targets.

We noted a new ‘Yellow Box Junction’ at the intersection of Julius Nyerere Way, Samora Machel Avenue and Central Avenue in Harare’s CBD. After spending a few minutes observing traffic going through the intersection it became obvious that a lot of road users (motorists, cyclists, pedestrians) are not familiar with how box junctions work and much public awareness campaigns in addition to the new highway code may be needed to properly inform and educate the public on the new signs and signals in order to more effectively reduce potential carnage as a result of ignorance.

The Newly Introduced Box Junction

A box junction is a road traffic control measure designed to prevent congestion and gridlock at junctions. The surface of the junction is typically marked with a criss-cross grid of diagonal painted lines (or only two lines crossing each other in the box), and vehicles may not enter the area so marked unless their exit from the junction is clear (or, if turning, to await a gap in the oncoming traffic flow).

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Can you sit in a junction box when turning right?

You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear and there is enough space on the other side of the junction for your vehicle to clear the box without stopping. However, you may enter the box and wait when you want to turn right, and are only stopped from doing so by oncoming traffic, or by other vehicles waiting to turn right.

We urge all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to acquaint themselves with the new highway code immediately and enjoy a safe Easter Holiday period. Remember to get your vehicle checked by a mechanic before you travel this Easter season.

37 Responses to "New Highway Code Launched By Government"

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    Collen Zivumbwa   April 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    we drove well in foreign lands all it needs is fast comprehension its easy

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    Gerald Nyamuka   April 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Guys lets not be negative all the time. Lets give credit where it’s due,this is a good move. With the kind of traffic we now have you can’t give way to cars coming from the right a four way stop sign always works better in congested areas this was long over due

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    Antonio Manacas   April 14, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Whats the point of a new highway code when you forced to encroach onto oncoming traffic lane because of craters.boggles the mind.

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    Albert Kona   April 14, 2017 at 9:17 am

    kutambisa pendi

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    lynn   April 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    So are those writing the provisional tests soon after the holidays….expected to know the highway code too?

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    Tee Mamsi   April 13, 2017 at 7:18 am

    So kuV.I.D vakutobvunza maquestions ari munew highway code here

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    Leopold Mataruse   April 13, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Kkk asi tichasungirwa chibhuku ichochi mira uone

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    Melz Sundae   April 13, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Vincent Sande

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    Irene Hammond   April 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    The grid intersections are a shambles already. Why in earth they were done before new law educated is beyond me !!!

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      Prince Tanaka   April 12, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      True that. I remember they put them around ’98. Never got maintained and caused traffic conjestion chaos for right-turning traffic.

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    Leonard Mugaba   April 12, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Kugona uku. Negative minds, get away

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      Vlv Browning   April 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Another home affairs employee who is conditioned to say only what he or she is meant to say. Question Sir do you drive and if so ate you happy about your passage home?

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    Miriam Dreyer   April 12, 2017 at 10:51 am

    So where do we purchase this NEW HIGYWAY CODE

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      Claire Bradnum   April 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      I’m listening for the answer too

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      Tendai Mhiti   April 12, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      traffic safety council of zim

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      Miriam Dreyer   April 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Tendai do you have confirmation that this is out??????????????

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      Zimshoppingmalls   April 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      @miriam Dreyer Claire Bradnum We are also chatting with the authorities to ensure that we can sell a soft copy online. This is 2017 after all!!! The digital ERA

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    Jimmy Jack   April 12, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Unotonzwa rimwe richishora ipapa this is a mere adoption of Sadc signs so muda kut tirambe tichiiteedza zveZiM 1970 here madofo

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    Agrippa Chipunza   April 12, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Our roads are in bad shape

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    Sihle Nkala   April 12, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Upgrade roads fullstop. don t beat by the bush lungisani imgwaqo

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    Jules Dee   April 12, 2017 at 7:39 am

    The only way to reduce carnage is repair and upgrade the road network. We may hve many road signs but as long as we hve potholes and most roads are not dualised to take the large volumes of traffic we now have what with new road signs help?

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    Dennis Chisevure   April 12, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Its a gd move to law abiding citizens & drivers,, but kombi drivers and thoz pirate Honda fits will cause chaos, u will never cross that box i tell you

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      Farai Chereni   April 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

      A good move is to repair the roads not draw lines and claim we are up yo date

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    Lowen B Kunonga   April 12, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Well come to Zimbabwe

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    Dylan G Phiri   April 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Good move

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    Daniel Chingwaro   April 11, 2017 at 9:33 am

    It has been long overdue

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    Rufaro Kagodo   April 11, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Lets be positive its a sadc region adoption

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    Romeo Romcy Romcye   April 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    How can they start with New Highway Code .when we dont have good roads .they must first do the dualisation of highways then launch that highway code .its only tricks to get money .Shame my beloved country .Poorly managed

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    Mark Green   April 10, 2017 at 11:50 am

    This is so they can get more fines. That’s the only reason. Fines rose exponentially in the U.K. when they introduced those crossing markings. There’ll be a queue of ZRP officers just waiting collect a spot fine.

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    Daniel Chingwaro   April 10, 2017 at 7:49 am

    This is good

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      Hillary Marufu   April 10, 2017 at 8:27 am

      so if the robot turns green and there was a car infront of yu yu remain stationary. this is the same harare with the roads that were made before independence that have to accommodate cars that were being made until now ? wisdom is hard to find amoung our current leadership. instead of buying paint it would be wiser to fill the pits on the same roads

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    Michelle Exton   April 9, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Clair Wadge


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