12 June 2006

Zimbabwe: Vehicle Registration, Number-Plates Fees Up

Harare — Fees for vehicle registration and new number-plates have been increased with immediate effect.

Registering all vehicles, including diplomatic and Government vehicles now attracts a $3 million fee, up from $1,5 million. The registration of a vehicle with personalised number-plates would attract a fee of $5,6 million.

Registration of change of ownership of a vehicle would now cost $2,5 million while change of vehicle particulars; cancellation of registration and advice for sale of a motor vehicle would cost $500 000.

According to the Vehicle Registration and Licensing (Amendment) Regulations, 2006 (No.7), it would cost $2,5 million to obtain a duplicate registration book while a garage licence would cost $15 million per year.

Fees for number-plates for motor cycles and trailers will remain at $1 million each as well as the application fee and issuing fee for personalised number plates that would remain at $1 million and $20 million respectively.

The Government introduced a new vehicle registration system as well as the personalised number-plates in October last year and gave December 31 this year as the deadline for every motorist to have acquired the new number-plates. The regulations stipulate that any motor vehicle with a net mass ranging between 2 300kg and 4 600kg would pay a surcharge of $1 million a term, up from $500 000.

Vehicles whose net mass is over 4 600kg but does not exceed 9 000kg would pay a surcharge of $1,5 million, up from $700 000 a term while vehicles whose net mass exceeds 9 000kg would pay a surcharge of $2 million a term. Any trailer whose load capacity exceeds 550kg would pay a surcharge of $1,5 million from $600 000 a term.

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