300 000 vehicles face de-registration

via 300 000 vehicles face de-registration | The Herald October 1, 2015

The Central Vehicle Registry will de-register close to 300 000 vehicles that have not been licensed for the past two years. This follows the expiry of the September 28, 2015 deadline set by the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration to licence all vehicles with arrears.

Once a car is de-registered, it would be removed from the CVR database and the owner would be required to get a new certificate of fitness from the Vehicle Inspectorate Department as the first step towards re-registration.

The car also has to be cleared by the Police Vehicle Theft Squad after which the owner would pay $160 re-registration fees. Motorcycles and trailers will pay $140 for re-registration. After completing that process, vehicle owners would be asked to pay their outstanding licences before re-registration is effected.

In terms of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act, driving a de-registered vehicle is an offence that can attract a three-month jail term or fine and in some cases, both.

Zinara human resources director Mr Precious Murove said there was a positive response from motorists during the window period, but directed further questions to CVR registrar Mr George Makoni.

Mr Makoni said they were not allowed to talk to the media and referred questions to the Secretary for Transport and Infrastructural Development Mr Munesu Munodawafa who was not answering his mobile phone at the time of going to press.

However, the responsible minister Cde Joram Gumbo said he would issue a statement on the matter.

However, Government sources told The Herald that de-registration would start soon to bring sanity in the motoring sector.

They intimated that it would be costly to those who failed to meet the registration deadline.

“Government has realised that some members of the motoring public were reluctant to license their vehicles and as such tight measures should be implemented,” said the source.

“Out of the estimated 1, 2 million cars in the country, 300 000 do not have proper documentation and as a country that is not a healthy situation.

“As such implementation of the de-registration is going to start soon to ensure compliance”

The source said Government was losing millions of dollars to motorists driving unlicensed vehicles and it was committed to plug off all loopholes in the licensing process.

Former Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Obert Mpofu recently said most of the unlicensed vehicles on the country’s roads were those that were issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe around 2007 and those issued to Members of Parliament.

He said Government would confiscate all unlicensed vehicles starting January next year.