Unregistered cars can no longer buy fuel
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POLICE have engaged the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) to ensure that vehicles without registration numbers do not fill up at fuel service stations following an upsurge in crimes committed by people using unregistered vehicles.
In a statement, police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said 73 cases including rape and robbery have been recorded since the beginning of the year by drivers of such vehicles.
Of the total reported, 51 are robberies, 12 fatal hit and run accidents and 10 involve kidnapping, rape and attempted murder.
“Police have observed that some vehicles being driven with no registration number plates and involved in the commission of crime throughout the country. We have engaged Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority to ensure that vehicles with no registration number plates do not fill up at fuel service stations after some have been reported to be driving away without settling bills,” said Asst Comm Nyathi.
He said police have launched a blitz on unregistered vehicles which are dominating crime scenes.
“Members of the public are advised that in terms of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act it is an offence for one to fail to register a motor vehicle with the relevant authorities or fail to display a registration mark or number. The police are therefore conducting an operation throughout the country to ensure that all vehicles moving on the roads are duly registered and have either permanent or temporary number plates,” he added.
He urged motorists to cooperate with police to avoid inconveniences.
“All vehicles with no number plates will be impounded and only released after going through the stipulated registration process,” he said.
Meanwhile, police impounded a fuel tanker in Nyamapanda after interception by police while accessing 9 021 litres of diesel at a service station under suspicious circumstances.
“Initial investigations have indicated that miners or companies are not allowed to access more than 1 000 litres of fuel for their operations at a given service station as there is likelihood that some of the fuel may be diverted to the black market. Police are conducting investigations with a view of establishing what exactly transpired,” said Ass Comm Nyathi. — Chronicle