Police impound unregistered vehicles in Bulawayo

By Yolanda Moyo

In a move aimed at bringing order in Bulawayo, police in the city are impounding vehicles operating at undesignated areas.

The crackdown which started in June this year was due to an increase in undesignated pick-up points which was causing chaos in Bulawayo.

Addressing journalists this Friday, Zimbabwe Republic Police Provincial Spokesperson, Inspector Abednico Ncube said the impounded long-distance buses and commuter omnibuses are neither insured nor registered.

“We have impounded 21 buses, 45 Kombis and 15 cars upon arrest. The police established that most of the buses and vehicles impounded were either unregistered, not insured or had outstanding fees to settle with the city council. The buses were causing an eyesore and littering in the city areas such as the Centenary Park. Passengers are also robbed at these points and we are following up on such cases.”

The public expressed hope that the move to impound unregistered vehicles will bring sanity in the city.

“Driving along First Avenue and Leopold was stressing because of these buses and the place had become an accident zone because of the traffic there,” a motorist said.

Another noted, “We are happy because the place was a hub for thugs. Our park had become something else because of these parks. They were something else in our city. We hope that police will put a stop to all of this.”

So far, the ZRP has enlisted the services of the Vehicle Inspectorate Department (VID), the city council and Zinara to inspect and clear the impounded vehicles.