By Nomalanga Makwelo
Government is set to engage tertiary institutions as measure to try and in solving the shortages of vehicle registration plates that is currently being experienced in the country.
This was revealed by Minister of Transport , Communication and Infrastructural Development Felix Mhona during a question and answer session in Parliament last week, as he announced the engagement with other ministries .
” However, I am glad to announce to this august House that we are blessed to have the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Hon. Prof. Murwira who is working very hard with students in various universities around the country to solve the issue of number plates through innovation,science and technology. ”
According to Minister Mhona , manufacturing vehicle registration plates locally will not only solve the chaos created by the shortage but will also generate the much needed revenue to the economy and save foreign currency used to import plates .
” So, in the near future, I believe the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education will be coming to this House with good news that number plates are now being manufactured locally in order to save foreign currency and solve this problem of number plates.”
The minister’s remarks came after Makoni Central legislator David Tekeshe raised concerns over the alleged police harassment being endured by motorists who did not have registration plates due to their shortage and had their vehicles impounded.
The minister however stated that government was going to allow vehicles with temporary number plates to move freely as it embarks on this initiative.
” The number plates that are given when entering into the country the issue that he has raised ( Hon David Tekeshe ) also touches on the Ministry of Home Affairs, but as he has said, I would like to propose that we – the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, work together with the Ministry of Home Affairs so that we have a way forward in resolving this issue, so that people with cars that have temporary number plates can move on our roads freely ” , he said.
The Central Vehicle Registry last year indicated that it did not have adequate material to process new plates for vehicles on its waiting list which had a backlog of around 57 000 vehicles that needed registration plates.