MINISTER of Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Felix Mhona yesterday said permanent number plates are now available at Zimra border posts, so anyone importing a vehicle now buys the permanent plates as they clear their car through customs.
The latest development, which has been welcomed by importers of vehicles as well as the motorists, means temporary plates will no longer issued.
Announcing the news, Mhona said for the time being, only Plumtree border post did not have the plates but there was an arrangement with a local Zimpost outlet.
“Great people of Zimbabwe, please get your number plates from our ports of entry, except for Plumtree due to other logistical challenges but we have made necessary arrangements with Zimpost Plumtree,” said Mhona.
“There is no need for people to buy temporary number plates. You can now purchase number plates at ports of entry and they have adequate number plates,” he said.
At least 5 000 vehicles are being imported every month and Mhona assured that Government can provide the required permanent number plates.
Every vehicle now keeps the same plates for its Zimbabwean life, regardless of how many times it is bought and sold. This means that even commercial importers and clearing agents can buy the permanent plates at the same time they pay the import duty and subsequent owners simply have to pay the transfer taxes and register the ownership change.
Authorities have been impounding unregistered vehicles across the country in an operation that has resulted in the arrest of more than 16 000 drivers of unregistered, plate-less or unlicensed vehicles with many others now hurriedly complying with the laws involving registration, insurance, and licensing laws.
Police were also deeply concerned by the deliberate disregard of road traffic regulations by drivers of unregistered vehicles and those without number plates.
According to police, there is no special exemption for anyone, including Government vehicles to move around without any registration number plates.