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Failure to change vehicle ownership is a criminal offence: ZRP

POLICE have said the public should be aware that in terms of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act, people who buy pre-registered vehicles should change ownership within 14 days of purchasing, and failure to do so will be a criminal offence.

ZRP spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said changing of ownership makes it easy for police to trace such vehicles’ owners in the event of an accident or commissioning of a crime.

“We want to urge motorists that the government has made it clear that there are enough number plates and those without number plates should be parked. They should also take note that in terms of the law, vehicles should be changed ownership,” Nyathi said.

He said since the inception of the operation on Saturday, police arrested 5 481 motorists under the ongoing operation.

Over the weekend police warned motorists driving unregistered vehicles that they had embarked on an operation targeting such vehicles. The operation comes after an increase in crime perpetrated by some motorists with unregistered cars.

At least 12 post offices and seven Zimra tax offices have started distributing the bulk of the 12 183 sets of number plates now available, with just a small batch going through the Central Vehicle Registry as Government moves swiftly to decentralise the issuing of plates.

Government also announced that a supply chain of new plates was now established with 12 183 sets already available, another 25 000 sets will be available on Thursday next week and 100 000 on order.

Of the 12 183 sets presently available, 5 498 have been assigned to Zimpost and another 5 985 to Zimra with just 700 kept for the Central Vehicle Registry.

Four post offices — Causeway and Southerton in Harare plus Chitungwiza and Bulawayo — are joined today by the post offices at Mutare Main, Rusape, Bindura, Marondera, Chinhoyi, Masvingo, Victoria Falls and Hwange.

The Zimra tax offices issuing plates are those at Kurima House in Harare, Masvingo, Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Beitbridge, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development said yesterday.

CVR will soon be responsible only for issuing number plates to corporates, Government departments, diplomats and the replacement of lost number plates.

Private vehicle owners will buy and collect their sets from post offices and tax offices near their homes in all provinces.

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