THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says it has impounded over 2 000 vehicles in Bulawayo alone as motorists continue defying lockdown regulations, with the vehicles sent to Ross Camp Police Station.
This was revealed by Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube while addressing journalists at a press briefing on Thursday.
Inspector Ncube said the motorists would only get their vehicles back after they pay fines for traffic offences and clear parking-related cases with municipal authorities.
He said 120 vehicles were impounded in 24 hours, between Wednesday and yesterday morning.
“As we are on lockdown level two, we have realised that there is a lot of defiance and motorists think the Covid-19 lockdown is for pedestrians only, not realising that whether you fly, you drive, you walk or sail, this virus can still affect you and you can be a carrier and infect others.
“It is worrying that people are disregarding the rules that have been set for their own safety. We therefore call upon motorists to abide by lockdown rules as well.”
“Some of the impounded vehicles already have pending cases and some defects so even after paying their fines, they will still have to clear their pending cases, like driving without a licence or for instance city parking tickets. This lockdown period does not override other traffic regulations,” he said.
He said there was a problem of public service vehicles that were not under the Zupco scheme who were now illegally servicing routes and not even maintaining social distancing in the vehicles.
Inspector Ncube said another area of concern was the cross-border vehicles, especially South African-registered Toyota Quantums used by omalayitsha who are stuck in the country due to the closure of borders and have resorted to plying local routes, yet their permits do not allow for local public transportation.