We are behind police blitz – Transport Ministry

by | Jan 17, 2022 | Crime & Courts, Local News | 0 comments


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The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development Felix Mhona has thrown his weight behind the ongoing number plate operation being run by the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

Motorists have cried foul that there is an acute number plate shortage in Zimbabwe and they are being untreated fairly, however Minister Mhona said such claims are untrue.

Addressing a press conference in Harare, today, Minister Mhona said reports of number plate shortages are imagined.

“The issue of vehicle number plates has become topical and I want to take this opportunity to inform the nation that we have adequate number plates in stock,” said Minister Mhona.

There has been a spate of crimes committed by unmarked vehicles, prompting law enforcement to institute a clampdown.

“Issues of order are important in every jurisdiction and as a Ministry we fully support the blitz by law enforcement agencies on unregistered cars which are largely contributing to crime in the country,” said Minister Mhona.

Minister Mhona warned the public against making undue payments in their license plate applications.

“We don’t tolerate corruption in the issuance of number plates and tomorrow I will visit CVR to understand challenges they are facing in issuing numbers plates. There is no need for the public to pay extra money to get the plates,” said Minister Mhona.

On the first day of the blitz ZRP netted 784 people, arrested 976 motorists, while 179 paid spot fines.

ZRP say they are not relenting on their drive to remove ghost vehicles on the streets of Harare.