By Shami Makombe
A POLICE operation launched over the weekend has so far impounded close to 4 000 unregistered motor vehicles, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has said.
Police said the operation is aimed at ridding the roads of criminal elements and make motorists comply with registration, insurance and licensing laws.
The operation is also targeting pirate taxis whoss operations have been outlawed but continue squeezing themselves back onto the roads as transport shortages persist.
In a statement Tuesday, police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi urged the public to cooperate with police.
“So far, on January 17, 2022, the police has arrested 1 688 and the cumulative number of arrests now stands at 3 926 vehicles.
“We urge the public to cooperate with the police officers carrying out the current operation against unlicensed, uninsured, unregistered motor vehicles and non-complying PSV’s.”
But the operation has had an adverse impact on the commuting public who have been left with huge transport as well as delays getting to their destinations.
Main roads leading into Harare such as Seke Road were characterized by long jams stretching several kilometres, with cars bumper-to-bumper and barely moving.
At the Manyame River bridge in Chitungwiza where police were camped, dozens of cars were impounded and traffic jams stretching to Chikwanha shops in the easterly direction well as close to Zengeza 2 shops in the westerly direction.
The operation also led to a stampede at the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) offices along Robson Manyika in Harare as motorists jostled to acquire number plates.
At the CVR offices, motorists interviewed said their vehicles were impounded while others indicated that it has been a hustle to acquire the number plates after applying as far back as last year.