The government has directed innovative hubs at local universities to produce a patent for the local production of number plates with the requisite security features.
This was said by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-cabinet media briefing Munhumutapa Government Offices in Harare on Tuesday. She said:
Following a presentation by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development on the need to produce number plates locally as an import substitution strategy, Cabinet tasked local innovation hubs to come up with a patent for the local production of number plates with the requisite security features.
Cabinet is confident that the move to produce number plates locally will ease the current shortages being experienced in the country due to the limited availability of foreign currency. The local production of new number plates will also increase the utilisation of the country’s resources, including local scientists, and create employment for citizens.
Zimbabwe has an acute shortage of vehicle number plates and earlier this year, the government extended the lifespan of the plates indefinitely.
Temporary number plates are normally valid for two weeks.