Esther Katongo
Esther Katongo

The Zambia Police Service has announced that it will with immediate effect impound all unregistered motor vehicles countrywide.

In a statement made available to the media, Zambia Police said that it will only allow those motor vehicles that are in transit to be driven on Zambian roads and should, as per requirement, be accompanied by relevant documents.

Below is the full statement

BANNING OF UNREGISTERED AND FOREIGN REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES

The Zambia Police Service has banned the use of unregistered motor vehicles countrywide. Only those motor vehicles that are in transit will be allowed to be driven on Zambian roads and should as per requirement be accompanied by relevant documents. Police officers have been directed to impound motor vehicles moving without registrations forthwith.

Furthermore, all motor vehicles within the country bearing foreign number plates and being driven by Zambians without any justifiable reason have also been banned and if found, they will be impounded.

We urge members of the public to comply and help the police in safeguarding peace and security of the country.

ESTHER MWAATA KATONGO
ZAMBIA POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

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37 COMMENTS

  1. With the help of your useless Dictator President, its time to loot even more by these useless f00ls masquerading as cops. I wish Lungu could die soon in a painful death.

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    • I like this picture of Esther better, think and rejoicing lady. And I see ring.. Nice picture.

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    • Stop used car imports by individuals all they get are Lemons that are not road worthy.

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    • I think its great, If a vehicle comes in it must go and get the process of being registered started and in return you receive documentation to that effect which you can show to officer that stops you. As for visiting foreigners coming in by road again no problem they carry their necessary car reg details to tie them to the vehicle. I do think that some of you here are just dark horses who are failing to reason with anything that authority tries to put down or in place. I am not sure if you have ever lived in other countries like the UK for example….all this thing of unregistered vehicles on the road CANNOT and does NOT happen, no one drives on the road without 1. Proper insurance, 2. MOT (or road worthy certificate and 3. Valid Tax. If you miss one of the requirements or have none of…

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    • countries like the UK for example….all this thing of unregistered vehicles on the road CANNOT and does NOT happen, no one drives on the road without 1. Proper insurance, 2. MOT (or road worthy certificate and 3. Valid Tax. If you miss one of the requirements or have none of the above your vehicle is impounded immediately, and you have to make your own arrangements to carry on your journey, regardless whether you have young people, pregnant wife/friend or whatever and you are given 2weeks max to remedy the situation. Failure to do so, it’s CRUSHED!!! (New or Old)

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    • They should also arrest people who’re buying and selling petrol since it is being used to make petrol bombs!

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    • Ba Lombe, what is worse abt this ban is that it gives no time. They just announce that they have banned, I suppose with immediate effect! Civilised people will in all honest inform the people about the change in the rules and give time to make good and prepare their minds. If I have a legally landed vehicle with foreign registration, just as in unregistered cars, I need a few weeks to have it registered with full compliments of documents. Unless the police know of vehicles without documents that are driven around – which is already not right! All vehicles have documents all they need is time for registration at our RATSA working at less than 1/4 capacity due to system failure and low efficiency levels!

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    • These comments show the mediocrity of stupidity of the new bloggers with access to the net.

      Its a criminal offence even here in Australia to drive a vehicle even one minute after expiry. Not civil but criminal.

      Registration is there for protection and that’s why it comes with compulsory third party to protect citizens in case of accidents.

      Who do think pays hospitals and coucils for damged infrastructure.?

      No wonder we have lost credibility as UPND because of little f00ls like those complaining.

      Learn to read and research then issue statements tbat will be appreciated across the board.

      This is this is the best thing to happen.

      Period

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  2. I think its time to go to war. Lungu is the worst thing to ever happen to Zambia.

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    • am sure you have a huge family, to support you with foolishness, other we do not tolerate fools in Zambia and if you want a war you can go to Syria or Noth Korea.

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    • Nsimanadelele1 : Thats a reckless statement you have uttered. Whats wrong with ban? If the vehicle comes in it must go and get the process of being registered started and in return you receive documentation to that effect which you can show to officer that stops you. As for visiting foreigners coming in by road again no problem they carry their necessary car reg details to tie them to the vehicle. I do think that some of you here are just dark horses who are failing to reason with anything that authority tries to put down or in place. I am not sure if you have ever lived in other countries like the UK for example….all this thing of unregistered vehicles on the road CANNOT and does NOT happen, no one drives on the road without 1. Proper insurance, 2. MOT (or road worthy certificate and 3…

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    • I am not sure if you have ever lived in other countries like the UK for example….all this thing of unregistered vehicles on the road CANNOT and does NOT happen, no one drives on the road without 1. Proper insurance, 2. MOT (or road worthy certificate and 3. Valid Tax. If you miss one of the requirements or have none of the above your vehicle is impounded immediately, and you have to make your own arrangements to carry on your journey, regardless whether you have young people, pregnant wife/friend or whatever and you are given 2weeks max to remedy the situation. Failure to do so, it’s CRUSHED!!! (New or Old)

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  3. We have the worst Inspector General of Police since independence. Banning and impounding is failing to think.

    He failed to protect the President in Mongu, he can’t find arsonists, he can’t even give a comprehensive report on the security of the country. The Minister of Home Affairs is the one doing his job. Kampyongo sounds more like he’s the IG. People insulting the President, but it’s the IG who is inept and inefficient.

    Don’t jump to conclusions and issue statements banning this and that. You’re there for the people. Have consultations and find amicable solutions that help the citizens. At least provide a period of time when everyone will be required to comply.

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    • It should never happen that a vehicle is on the road without proper registration. Onus should be the owner to ensure that happens. Look in the UK we all buy cars from different garages, let me tell you now, that vehicle will NOT leave the forecourt without the 3 requirements I mentioned (Insurance, MOT or road worthy certificate and valid Tax Disc). If you are exporting again it will not leave without a clearance certificate which clearly states its destination. In zambia you want to cut corners and then moan when authority starts to reign you in!!!
      As for the guy that says charge petrol station owners, I see some logic but its a consumable product used by any person who owns a vehicle. Where they can help is if someone out of the blue decides to purchases drums of fuel then they should…

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  4. This is a wrong move ba ZP!!a lot of people are in car selling business and move about in search for customers,so how can you take this useless move?
    Who told you that the criminals burning Zambia move in such cars?our policemen really need proper training.i always watch news on BBC,CNN,Sky news,etc if anything happens in Western countries,Police arrests the suspects within hours.if we had western policemen in Zambia,a person or people who burnt city market by now could have been arrested.BUT OUR POLICEMEN ALL THEY KNOW IS DISTURBING MOTORISTS!!TODAY 90% OF POLICEMEN ARE FOUND ON ROADS AS TRAFFIC OFFICERS(DUE TO BRIBES)!!!
    president Edgar Lungu must do a lot with ZP.OUR OP AND ZP ARE A BIG LET DOWN!!
    SO PLEASE BA POLICE STOP PUNISHING INNOCENT ZAMBIANS WITH THOSE USELESS BANS(RULES)!!

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    • @Njimbu, you cherry pick what you watch on television. For your info Americans up to now have never arrested the person who killed J.F. Kennedy and if you really live outside Zambia which country allows you to drive unregistered vehicles. you buy a car if you can afford it and not because you want one. I drove in Zambia for more than 20 years and never had any issues with the Cops simply because I obeyed the law. I was only charged once for driving without a licence and I refused to give the cop a bribe and paid at the Police station and got a receipt.
      Scotland Yard or FBI/CIA are able to do their work because they have invested in CCTV, listening into calls and other surveilance techniques.

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  5. We currently don’t have a legal president therefore the vehicle lungu is using with a government registration for president is not a legally registered one as things stand. So start with that.

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  6. I am sure this ban will only affect UPND members. This is how it starts! If you think you are immune because you are PF, better think again and stop supporting wrong things blindly. After this ban, you wander what next. I am sure it will get more interesting when they ban s.e.x …. Kikikiki

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  7. Whats wrong with ban? If the vehicle comes in it must go and get the process of being registered started and in return you receive documentation to that effect which you can show to officer that stops you. As for visiting foreigners coming in by road again no problem they carry their necessary car reg details to tie them to the vehicle. I do think that some of you here are just dark horses who are failing to reason with anything that authority tries to put down or in place. I am not sure if you have ever lived in other countries like the UK for example….all this thing of unregistered vehicles on the road CANNOT and does NOT happen, no one drives on the road without 1. Proper insurance, 2. MOT (or road worthy certificate and 3. Valid Tax. If you miss one of the requirements or have none…

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  8. Con’t………countries like the UK for example….all this thing of unregistered vehicles on the road CANNOT and does NOT happen, no one drives on the road without 1. Proper insurance, 2. MOT (or road worthy certificate and 3. Valid Tax. If you miss one of the requirements or have none of the above your vehicle is impounded immediately, and you have to make your own arrangements to carry on your journey, regardless whether you have young people, pregnant wife/friend or whatever and you are given 2weeks max to remedy the situation. Failure to do so, it’s CRUSHED!!! (New or Old)

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  9. Most cars come in zambia unregistered and need to move about to get registered. So long one has proper documentation there is no need to worry after all this is not news to me its been happening and its happening all the time. Maybe just to be seen working – what a shame of a woman!

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  10. The way this announcement has been given, it’s like someone who has just woken up and asking, ‘what time is it?’ Miss spokesperson, these measures are already there. Aren’t you not supposed to give us updates on the City market investigations?

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  11. Well done ZP. A lot of criminality going on by thugs using unregistered vehicles ! Those with cars for sale, register them then when you find buyer simply change ownership !

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    • You seem out of touch with reality. Go ask people trading in cars if you have not any experience. In any case, you still need time to register a car. Its not done in one day or two. Its weeks, within which you cannot restrict the movt as you find potential customers.

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  12. Nick Dimms: NO WAY hosay….It should never happen!!! Even when you are buying a brand new car that car should not leave even after you have paid until its been registered, insured and taxed period! you are the guys who cut corners!!

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  13. Are vehicles imported into Zambia going to be registered at the border or what

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  14. What about those vehicles that roam the streets bearing the illegal number plates – ECL 2016.

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  15. Comment:@ lombe ‘at least provide a period of time when everyone will be required to comply’. And here I am trapped in a different town because I have the misfortune of attending a funeral in kapiri and I hail from kitwe driving unregistered Prado! Do these ZIP guys think through these decisions mwe Bantu? if ZRA can give a notice and make a noticeable contributed to the nation what can ZP show

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  16. The ban of use of unregistered vehicles is not new. This law has been there. Enforcement was poor because it was just a traffic offence which attracted payment of admission of guilty fine. However the current ban is a safety and security issue for all of us. Let’s heed. I have however noted that the ban has not provided for remedies on how those affected can go about to register the vehicle while the ban is in effect. Example. RTSA demand a physical presence of vehicle for inspection before registration. So does interpol.

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