Government will auction over 600 vehicles abandoned at various Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) depots throughout the country if they remained unclaimed by month-end.
The Transport ministry announced in a Government Gazette dated August 3 that the vehicles would be auctioned at Beitbridge, Bindura, Bulawayo, Belvedere, Chiredzi, Chitungwiza, Eastlea, Gwanda, Gweru, Hwange, Masvingo, Kwekwe, Plumtree, Victoria Falls and Zvishavane, among other centres, if no one claimed ownership by month-end.
The Government Gazette stated that the abandoned vehicles would be put up for public auction in the respective areas they were being held. Though no official communication could be obtained from the VID, officials interviewed by NewsDay at the Eastlea depot in Harare yesterday said the vehicles would be auctioned due to numerous reasons including failure by owners to produce registration books and cars with defects, among others.
“The reasons vary from unroadworthy vehicles, lack of fitness to failure to prove ownership of the car. Others would have been involved in accidents and many more would have been taken for failure to have registration books,” said the official who refused to be named.
The notice read in part: “Notice is hereby given that if the vehicles at the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) depots at Beitbridge, Belvedere, Bindura, Bulawayo, Chinhoyi, Chiredzi . . . particulars of which are published in the said schedule are not claimed on or before August 31 they will be sold by public auction.”
The owners and addresses of all the abandoned vehicles were unknown. VID Bulawayo has the largest number of abandoned vehicles with 198 followed by Harare (75), Beitbridge (64) and Gwanda with 53.