VID TEST FOR ALL CARS: . . . Parliament moots annual fitness checks for private cars

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 | 8517 views

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Robin Muchetu, Senior Reporter
PARLIAMENT has recommended to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development that all cars must be inspected yearly at a cost of $50 per unit, as part of the commercialisation of the Vehicle Inspectorate Department meant to raise $126 million annually.

At the moment, 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.

Although such executive decisions are normally taken by the responsible ministry, parliament through its Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development has recommended the idea. The parliament used its oversight function, which according to the Standing Order of Parliament Category (c) states that the committee shall; “monitor, investigate, inquire into and make recommendations relating to any aspect of the legislative programme, budget, policy or any other matter it may consider relevant to the Government department falling within the category of affairs assigned to it, and may for that purpose consult and liaise with such department.”

In an interview, the chairman of the committee, Cde Dexter Nduna (Zanu-PF, Chegutu West) said this was a gap where Government can raise money.

“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,” he said.

Cde Nduna said Statutory Instrument 34 of 1998 allows the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inspect public service vehicles while another statutory instrument can be put in place that there be a provision to inspect all vehicles to see their road worthiness. He said hence VID could charge as much as $50 for vehicle inspection on all cars.

“If the VID is commercialised, there is going to be $50 levied for all annual inspections for private vehicles, and with the vehicle population in Zimbabwe VID can easily raise revenue to the tune $126 million. It can use $40 million for recapitalisation and declare $60 million to the Government,” he said.

Cde Nduna said the money will add onto the $5 million the department was raising through Learners’ Licence Tests, $6 million from Drivers’ Licence Tests and $25 million from public service vehicle inspections. The move will raise the revenue by 600 percent to $126 million.

However, in an interview, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said the idea was noble although his Ministry was still to deliberate on the issue.

“I have not received any communication yet but maybe the move is a noble one if done correctly and through the right channels. It should come to Government formerly and be discussed,” he said.

The committee also suggested that there should be computerisation and integration of the transport management systems linking driving schools, VID, Zinara, Zimra, Central Vehicle Registry, Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Republic Police.

“In Government we have moved to have an electronic system whereby VID, Zinara, CVR and Zimra will come as one and officials can be able to check the status of a vehicle at one go, one can check if a vehicle is registered, free of debts with Zinara and even the police can see if there are any offences,” said Cde Gumbo.

Merging of Zinara and VID will see the two organisations leveraging on synergies with quick wins in activities such as enforcement of laws regarding overloading, unlicensed vehicles and drivers, fuel levy, unroadworthy vehicles and garage inspections, to name a few.

Nonetheless, if the proposals see the light of the day, there will be an increase in the number of fees motorists have to pay. At present motorists pay Zinara Vehicle Licensing fees of between $20 and $300 per quarter depending on the weight of the vehicle. To pay for the licensing fees, motorists also need to pay insurance with the cheapest pegged at $36 per quarter. In adddition, they pay the same parastatal between $2 and $10 for tollgates when using the country’s major highways depending on the weight of the vehicle. Motorists also pay a minimum of three cents per litre of fuel they buy levied as Carbon Tax.

Those with car radios are supposed to pay an additional minimum of $10 for radio licence to ZBC per quarter.

Motorists are also mandated to buy triangles, reflectors and fire extinguishers.

There are also plans to introduce tollgates in urban areas to raise money for road repairs and construction.

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  • Stop Dreaming

    This idea is misplaced. In the first place why should a parastatal be commercialized? If V I D wants to raise money they can also join vendors and sell tomatoes and frozens. Dexter don’t be so dull to the extent of telling the nation that the government is broke.

    • mbuya oni

      TELLING NSYION GOVT IS BROKE??? CHINAMASA DOES THAT ALL THE TIME WHEN HE OPENS HIS FOUL MOUTH

  • Concerned Citizen

    One would have expected the honourable MPs to concentrate on the repair of the delapidated roads in order to reduce damage to motor vehicles bought through hard earned cash in order to reduce loss of limbs and life ( of the very people who pay road taxes for the maintanance of the roads) through road carnage due to the defective roads and damaged vehicles. What’s the point of compelling motorists to pay $50 to confirm the damage to our cars caused by the roads for which we pay for maintenance which is never done. The MPs should be talking of the reduction of the $160 cost of number plates to between $5 and $10 which is what the commercial companies were charging (at a profit) before CVR took over the issuing of the plates.

    • kk

      Nothing sensible can come out of someone with not even a single subject at O Level!

    • mbuya oni

      THERE IS NOTHING HONOURABLE ABOUT SUCH A LOW BRAIN

  • Ziyabheda

    Nduna is about fund raising,not safety of motorists and the public on our dangerous roads. As an M.P he should be advocating for safe roads first,then thereafter fund raising.He is not worth voting for in the next elections.

  • Chinedu

    Whilst it may appear to be a good idea to reduce number of unroadworthy vehicles, corrupt VID and Police officers will see it as an opportunity of their life time to make thousands of dollars. Currently to get a provisional to those that are laxy to think one parts with 120doll. Drivers’ licence same style. Now for your car to pass this proposed mandatory testing, it will be 200dollars. All cars that are over a year on Zim roads will have their suspension condemned because of the poor state of our roads.

  • The optimist

    How dare this Nduna whose behaviour does not suit his surname, say that he sees a “GAP” where money can be raised!! So it is about raising money from the poor and not actually saving lives. If my vehicle is not fit because of the roads, I think that the same law should provide for suing the road authority by the same token.

  • Mkhusto

    Mr mp uyalahleka. You want to commercialize vid whose main offices will be in harare so that the state will deep into more corruption. Ufile minister ufile. Do u think money collected from nkayi lupane will ever repair thier roads, never umgabe angavuka efile. Lehluleka khathesi uku manager ama toll gates. All money from beit bridge road goes to harare. Look at terrible state in which beit bridge road is. Decentralise vid let different municipalities manage their own vehicles, registrations, licensing etc

  • Lux

    $50!!I see corruption go big !and do they have adequate facilities to test 1.5 million vehicles,someone’s brain is in their backside once again!

  • fred

    I really doubt the figure of 1 500 000 vehicles, and 1 500 000 at $50 is $75 million, so they need more than 2 500 000 vehicles or more than $50 per vehicle. then do not forget the PSV vehicles are already being tested and are paying. If the government raises $126 million all they are doing is taking from somewhere else. We as a country do not gain.

  • fg

    There goes those people again, we will never get people who protect the little that we are getting. The automotive industry is almost dead but they still want to tap from poor Zimbabweans..what will we achieve by that? I guess it has became a big crime to own a car in zimbabwe.

  • BonzoReChihuta

    I am sincerely tired of this country and its leadership. Nothing ever changes in Zimbabwe. Being Zimbabwean has caused me to question – the same way Jewish people questioned during the Holocaust – where is God? Elie Wiesel, 16 years during the Holocaust recalls in his book, “Night”, “Everything came to an end—man, history, literature, religion, God. There was nothing left.” That is Zimbabwe under Zanu-Pf. They have killed God.

  • koka

    2018 is around the corner lets vote this rubbish of a govt out

  • Sqokoqela

    I wonder if the government sole responsibility is to milk its people all the time instead of protecting them and make them enjoy life they make life tough , but why? Well it is a good move to inspect all vehicles but the charges if approved there are unbecoming.

  • Chiwara

    Dexter uri kadofo. Get away.if you have nothing to say please shut up. You cant to milk poor citizens of zimbabwe. Most cars in this country are not worthy because of the poor state of our roads. You are alread seeing an opportunity to steal . Pfutseke

  • Nguna

    Min of women affairs is proposing a law that will compel all married couples to register. The couples will required to pay $50 per year. The government is targeting to raise 2 billion. The money will be chanelled towards civil servants wages. Get away Dexter

  • munhu

    Zim cars are not fit due to bad roads moreover motorist are paying but zinara is not delivering.Goverment must 1st fix roads before enecting such policy.

  • TJINGABABILI

    MOT SHOULD BE DONE ON MPS INSTEAD. WE HAVE A BUNCH OF SELFSERVING JOKERS! YES BAAS TYPES!

  • QB

    This is nonsense we are not working we struggle for a living and you people just sit in your offices and think how you can suck the poor to the last cent mnxxxxxx!

  • mbuya oni

    TYPICAL CONFUSION ON CLUELESS MANAGENENT. NOT KNOWING HOW FISCUS FUNDS SHOULD BE RAISED IN AN ECONOMY. INSTEAD OF SITTING AND DISCUSING HOW TO INDUSTRIALISE THEY SIT AND DISCUSS HOW TO FLEECE THE BLEEDING CITIZENS. THE MOMENT ONE COMES UP WITH A PLAN AND MENTIONS FUND RAISING THEN NO MATTER HOW NONBLE THE PLAN IS IT HAS NO GOOD INTENTIONS. THEY KNOW THEIR ROADS ARE WELL PLACED TO BATTER OUR VEHICLES RAISING THEM BILLIONS AT TRAFFIC STOPS NOT THIS 120M NONSENSE