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30,000 unregistered vehicles plying roads in Nimroz

30,000 unregistered vehicles plying roads in Nimroz

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Feb 13, 2017 - 21:37

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Thousands of undocumented vehicles are plying roads in southwestern Nimroz province, with officials acknowledging most accidents involved the illegal vehicles, Pajhwok Afghan News has reliably learnt.

Traffic department officials confirm unregistered vehicles exist in Nimroz. They also link most of traffic accidents to these vehicles.

Col. Mohammad Zarin, provincial traffic chief, said 30 accidents happened in the province this year, leaving 27 people dead and 129 others wounded.

He blamed most accidents on right hand drive (RHD) because controlling RHD vehicles was difficult in right-hand traffic (RHT) country Afghanistan.

“RHD vehicles which also lack documents are made in Japan, America, Canada and Germany. These vehicles are transferred to Nimroz through Pakistan and Iran.”

Col. Zarin said as many as 30,000 unregistered vehicles existed in Nimroz in addition to legal vehicles registered in other provinces. Many among thousands of vehicles commuting within the province were undocumented.

Naimatullah, a car dealer, said only five percent of vehicles had legal documents and most of the undocumented and RHD vehicles were being smuggled to Nimroz in spare-parts in containers and then transferred to the city.

“Each container brings four and five vehicles which are dismantled abroad. The vehicles after being cleared at Nimroz customs as spare-parts are brought to Zaranj and then reassembled and then presented to the market,” he added.

A police official, wishing anonymity, said five to six containers loaded with such vehicles entered Nimroz on a daily basis.

He said the government should first prevent smuggling of vehicles. “We are awaiting orders from the central government whether to register RHD vehicles or not.”

“The distribution of car numbers and documents is directly linked to the order of President Ghani and local officials and even the ministry couldn’t permit legalizing of RHD vehicles.” He agreed most crimes in Nimroz were conducted using unregistered vehicles; but did go into details.

Meanwhile, Col Zarin said about five years ago some 3,800 vehicles were given temporary permits for five years in line with a Cabinet decision. As the period had ended, measures would be taken as per directives from the central government against unregistered vehicles, he said.

Fazal Ahmad, a resident, said: “Undocumented vehicles move freely in the city. Their prices are very low as a corolla model car without documents is bought at around 100,000 to 150,000 afs, thus many people use these cars. However, the same model cars with documents can be hardly found for 400,000afs.”

He said kidnappings, robberies and terrorist activities were conducted using vehicles lacking documents. The government should take serious steps in impounding such cars, he added.

Mohammad Aman Barak, a civil society activist, said the number of undocumented vehicles in the province had reached the extent that their collection would be a difficult task.

“Many residents could not afford to buy a registered vehicle, which is expensive. As a result, the unregistered vehicles have good market.”

Governor Mohammad Sami said he had shared the issue with officials in Kabul and they were currently awaiting orders from the authorities concerned about action against unregistered vehicles.

Undocumented vehicles not only exist in Nimroz but in all provinces including capital Kabul.

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