Blitz boosts demand for number plates

18 Jan, 2022 - 00:01 0 Views
Blitz boosts demand for number plates MOTORISTS thronged the Central Vehicle Registry in the capital yesterday to regularise their vehicles

H-Metro

Arron Nyamayaro

THE ongoing police blitz on unregistered vehicles has triggered demand for number plates as motorists rush to regularise their vehicles at the Central Vehicle Registry.

Robson Manyika Avenue, along which the CVR is located, was yesterday virtually impassable because of the high volumes of human and vehicular traffic.

The blitz, which is targeting unlicensed and unregistered vehicles, started on Saturday.

Some people were turned away after failing to produce proper documents to regularise their vehicles.

A motorist, who was only identified as Chinyani, said he lost his national identity card.

“I applied for my vehicle registration plates in August last year,” said Chinyani.

“Upon coming to check for my plates, I could not be allowed to enter the building since they wanted me to produce a national ID. The queue to apply for a new ID is long. I later got the ID but I relaxed ndichinakirwa nekufamba nemota isina maplates.

“My vehicle was impounded today and that is why I came to collect my plates.

“The process to try and collect my impounded vehicle is laborious and costly.”

Another motorist said officials at CVR have been delaying in processing his papers, presumably for an extra fee.

“I applied for plates last year and have been checking with them every day to no avail,” said the motorist. 

“There are some middle persons who approach you for a bribe so that your papers are quickly processed.

“If you engage them, the plates will be issued on the same day and that is disturbing.”

Well-placed sources at CVR told H-Metro there were many uncollected plates.

“It is sad to note that some of the motorists have been reluctant to collect their plates.

“When law enforcement agents descend on them they then come here and cause chaos, even disregarding the Covid-19 protocols.

“Our officers have been kept busy, ordering people to maintain social distancing,” said the official.

Most of the impounded vehicles are at Harare Central Police Station and the City of Harare Central Stores compound along Coventry Road.

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