|Zinara clarifies car licensing deadline extension|
|Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:06|
Senior Court Reporter
THE Zimbabwe National Road Administration has said it does not have powers to bar the police from effecting arrests on motorists who have not renewed their licences by the initial May 31 deadline.
The notices given, said Zinara, only allowed motorists a grace period of up to June 30 to renew their vehicle licences without a late payment penalty.
The said June 30 grace period still exists and anyone who pays for the licence after May 31 is not being charged the late payment penalty.
police and the Harare City Council from penalising motorists for failure to pay for licences, Zinara said it was misquoted.
Mr Chitukutuku, through Zinara lawyers Mr Farai Mutamangira and Mr Itai Ndudzo of Mutamangira and Associates, opposed the application by Ms Hanzi.
Section 36 of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act relied upon by Ms Hanzi only gives a grace period in relation to penalties paid to Zinara for late renewal of licences and not fines by the police.
“Section 36 is not subject to any interpretation beyond the issue of a penalty of late payment of licence fees and the period within which such penalty shall be charged.
It is Zinara’s contention that that Ms Hanzi was failing to appreciate the difference between Section 36 and Section 22 of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act.
“The owner of every registered vehicle shall keep such vehicle licensed in terms of this Act.”
Mr Chitukutuku indicated in the affidavit that the motorists were obliged to license their vehicles and that the police could not be stopped from making arrests.
Zinara further argued that the police were legally correct in fining Ms Hanzi for failure to license her vehicle.