THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has warned that it is launching a new operation to impound all unregistered, unlicensed and number plate-less vehicles.
The new operation is starting on Saturday 15th January 2022. According to the police, the operation is being conducted to bring order to the country’s roads and weed out criminal elements who use such vehicles to commit crimes including robbery and rape.
In a statement, ZRP’s Chief Superintendent Blessmore Chishaka said: “The Zimbabwe Republic Police is deeply concerned with the deliberate disregard of road traffic regulations by drivers of unregistered and plate-less motor vehicles.
“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, 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 payment of fines.”
He urged members of the public to avoid boarding unregistered or plate-less vehicles as they risk being robbed, murdered, raped or falling prey to other forms of crime.
“We are therefore appealing to motorists and the general public to cooperate as we embark on this operation meant to bring sanity on our roads and to curb heinous crimes being committed by unscrupulous elements in society.
“Those with a penchant of committing crimes are warned that we will deal decisively with them and the full wrath of the law will take its course.”