Number plates scarcity might be a thing of the past in the near future after the government through the Infomation, Publicity and Broadcasting services Monica Mutsvangwa said the government is setting aside $1 Million to set up a plant to manufacture the plates locally, The Sunday News reports
Speaking during yesterday’s post cabinet briefing Mutsvangwa said the establishment of the local plant will see the price of number plates falling by 56%:
The Ministers of Transport and Infrastructural Development; and Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development presented a proposal for the localisation of the production of vehicle number plates and the development of an Integrated National Vehicle Management as previously directed by Cabinet.
Cabinet approved the proposal and attendant budget of US$1 million which will result in the establishment of a plant for the local manufacture of number plates. The selling price of one registration plate will be significantly reduced from the current US$ 80,35 to US$ 45,61. The use of local materials will save the country foreign currency and reduce the import bill by 56 percent, currently the country spends 700 00 Euro annually on importing number plates,
Speaking about the features of the plates, Mutsvangwa said:
The proposed number plates will have enhanced features which supersede the features of the current plates but still maintain compliance to Sadc regulations.
The objective of the project is to design and manufacture registration number plates that meet world design standards that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging to optimize the use of road space, reduce non-compliance, enhance toll and parking authentication, combat vehicle crime and fight terrorism