ZRP Says Unregistered Vehicles To Be Impounded

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By Paidashe Mandivengerei

POLICE has issued a chilling warning to motorists driving unregistered and plate-less vehicles often used to commit heinous crimes saying effective January 15, the vehicles will be impounded in an operation meant to restore sanity on the roads.

In the past year the crime rate spiked in Zimbabwe with armed robberies constituting most of the crimes. In some instances, plate-less vehicles have been used as get away cars.

ZRP Chief Superintendent Staff Officer, Blessmore Chishaka in a statement released Thursday said the police force will soon be cracking down on such vehicles and motorists disregarding traffic regulations will face the “full wrath of the law”.

Chishaka said: “Unregistered and plate-less vehicles are also being used to commit crimes such as robberies, murder, kidnapping rape and other heinous crimes.

“In order to tame this wanton disregard of traffic laws and the continued commission of crimes by drivers and criminals who use unregistered and plate-less vehicles, the Zimbabwe Republic Police will escalate operations to bring this scourge to an end.

He added, “Effective from 15th January 2022, the Zimbabwe Republic Police will embark on an operation targeting plate-less vehicles, unregistered and unlicensed vehicles in order to bring some semblance of order on our roads and reduce incidents of crime. In this regard, all vehicles that do not display either standard number plates or Temporary Identification Cards (TICs) will be impounded and processed through referral to courts and payments of fines.”

He further urged commuters to avoid boarding unregistered or plate-less vehicles and put themselves at risk of being rapped, murdered and robbed.