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Will Zimbabwe Cars Undergo Annual Vehicle Inspections?

The vehicle in which former Deputy Mines Minister, Edward Chindori-Chininga, died in when his car rammed a tree in Mashonaland Central Province. (File Photo)
The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development says it will soon make it mandatory for every vehicle in the country to have an annual motor vehicle test to check automobile safety and roadworthiness.

This follows revelations that more than 500,000 vehicles on the country’s roads are not roadworthy.

Transport Minister Obert Mpofu told VOA Studio 7 the proposal is part of a raft of changes his ministry wants to introduce to reduce the carnage on the Zimbabwe’s roads which have been blamed mostly on vehicles that are not roadworthy.

Mpofu said investigations by his ministry have also revealed that more than 500,000 drivers either do not have licences or have fake driver’s permits.

As a result, he said, his ministry is also proposing that the Department of Vehicle Inspections be privatized, adding this would make it difficult for people to fraudulently obtain drivers’ licences.

Mpofu said his ministry is also calling for stiffer sentences to be imposed on people using defective vehicles on the road.