In an interview with The Chronicle, Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) Director, Mr Johannes Pedzapasi confirmed that the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) has run out of vehicle registration plates.
Pedzapasi said the shortage had been caused by a delay in shipment of the plate-making material from Germany where Zimbabwe sources the material which is then stamped with the numbers locally. Said Pedzapasi:
There was also a delay at Forbes Border Post leading to the short supply of plates at various centres countrywide. We had run out of the short plates and only had longer number plates in supply. However, we managed to source both short and long versions of the number pates. The situation is expected to return to normal soon
Pedzapasi also attributed the delay to high sea levels in the Indian Ocean, leading to the delay in the shipment’s arrival in the country.