The Chronicle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Septem­ber 28, 1991 — More than 300 peo­ple have been ar­rested in Bu­l­awayo in the last nine months for us­ing forged emer­gency taxi per­mits and op­er­at­ing with­out per­mits. Po­lice say they are step­ping up checks to stop the racket.

The po­lice Press Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer in Bu­l­awayo, In­spec­tor Abi­saia Nyan­doro, said the crime was on the in­crease but the po­lice were step­ping up checks on the racket, which in­volves the sale of per­mits to pri­vate car own­ers by some bona fide op­er­a­tors. Some emer­gency taxi driv­ers were us­ing per­mits be­long­ing to other peo­ple or had no per­mits at all, he said.

He said 333 peo­ple had been ar­rested since Jan­uary al­though the num­ber could be higher as sta­tis­tics from some po­lice sta­tions in Bu­l­awayo were not read­ily avail­able. Insp Nyan­doro said some of the first of­fend­ers among those ar­rested were fined $150 each. Cases in­volv­ing peo­ple who had been fined for sim­i­lar of­fences be­fore were still pend­ing trial, he said.

It is un­der­stood that the per­mits are dif­fi­cult to get, es­pe­cially in the case of new ap­pli­cants. A cer­tifi­cate of fit­ness has to be ob­tained from the Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion Depart­ment be­fore a per­mit can be ob­tained from the Con­troller of Road Mo­tor Trans­porta­tion in Harare.

Many peo­ple who had ve­hi­cles which were not in or­der re­sorted to buy­ing per­mits off the black mar­ket.

Some bona fide op­er­a­tors are said to pos­sess more than one per­mit, which they are said to ob­tain us­ing other peo­ple’s names.

Insp Nyan­doro said it was an of­fence to have many ETs un­der one name. The of­fice of the Con­troller of Road Mo­tor Trans­porta­tion in Harare said a valid emer­gency taxi per­mit should carry a date stamp and a seal. Al­ter­ations on the per­mit had to be ac­com­pa­nied by the sig­na­ture of the of­fi­cer who made the changes and a date stamp above or be­low the al­ter­ations.

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