Parliament through its Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development, has recommended to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development that all cars must be inspected yearly at a cost of $50 per car, as part of the commercialisation of the Vehicle Inspectorate Department meant to raise $126 million annually.
As it stands inspection for fitness is limited to public service vehicles at a cost of $25 and $20 for heavy and light vehicles respectively, in line with Statutory Instrument 134 of 1998. Private cars are only inspected at VID when they are involved in accidents or when there is suspicion that they have defects. In an interview with Sunday News, the chairman of the committee, Dexter Nduna (Zanu-PF, Chegutu West) said this was a gap where Government can raise money. Said Nduna:
As a committee we are proposing that VID must inspect all motor vehicles in Zimbabwe, be they black on yellow plates or red on white plates which are private and public service vehicles. There are approximately 1,5 million vehicles that are on our roads and they have not been inspected, in fact a good number of them have not been inspected with a view of reducing road carnage.
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Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said the idea was noble although his Ministry was still to deliberate on the issue.
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