TRANSPORT and Infrastructural Development Minister Felix Mhona has spelt out the need for a strong work ethic at the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR).
This is in response to the surge in demand for vehicle number plates.
The minister made the remarks during a tour of the registry in the wake of the ongoing blitz by police, targeting unlicensed and plate-less vehicles.
“The purpose of the visit is to find out why we are having these queues at CVR when we have abundant number plates in the country and some are not being collected.
“I personally also wanted to know why some motorists are submitting papers and being told to go back and return on a later date.
“This calls for strong ethics at the institution, people need to come to CVR, submit their papers and go home with number plates on the same day,” said Minister Mhona.
The minister revealed that the country had close to 10 000 unassigned number plates, at various agencies, waiting to be allocated.
“Once again, I call on the people of Zimbabwe to fight corruption, we don’t want people to come to the CVR.
“Let’s shun away from corruption.
“I have tasked the Registrar and his team to rearrange and redistribute the number plates so that they start serving people,” he said.
He promised to frequent the Central Vehicle Registry until order was restored. He said a huge consignment of number plates was also expected next Thursday as the country seeks to clear the backlog.
During the tour, Minister Mhona was able to talk to some of the motorists, who were going through the process, and promised them he would end the long wait for the completion of the process.