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Over 90pc of vehicles in Bamyan sans legal documents

Over 90pc of vehicles in Bamyan sans legal documents

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Jan 18, 2017 - 16:53

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): More than 90 percent of vehicles in central Bamyan province are without legal documents and have fake number plates, Pajhwok Afghan News has reliably learnt.

Afghanistaninfo-icon is not a good market for new cars, as a small number of individual have the ability to them. Most of people purchase used vehicles that are smuggled through Wesh in southern Kandahar province.

1st Lt. Syed Aziz, acting head of Bamyan traffic department, acknowledged the existence of illegal vehicles in the province. He said most of traffic mishaps involved unregistered vehicles.

He added at least 220 traffic accidents happened in the province during the ongoing solar yearinfo-icon, killing 30 people. The official blamed right-hand drive vehicles for such accidents.

With the use of unregistered vehicles increasing in the country, he asked the government to pay special attention to the issue, as local officials were unable to deal with it.

Aziz did not give an exact figure for illegal vehicles in Bamyan. A large number of illegal four-wheelers are plying Bamyan roads, with some registered in other provinces.

The ones registered outside could not be dealt with by the Bamyan traffic department, the director explained, believing 50 percent of the vehicles in Bamyan were without legal documents.

This Pajhwok reporter, watching the flow of traffic at one of the busy squares in Bamyan City, learnt only 14 of every 166 vehicles had legal documents. Number plates indicated that over 90 percent of vehicles in the province were illegal.

Driver Syed Mirza Hussain Bamyani around 100 cars plied agreed Rekshad, Mullahinfo-icon Ghulam and Wazdar roads. But only two or three of them had legal documents, he agreed.

He added: “2006 or 2005 Corolla cars without legal documents coming from Wesh were inexpensive each selling for 200,000 to 300,000 afghanis. Most of the people can afford to buy them.”

Hassan Raza, another resident of the city, said he owned a car with no documents and used it because it was inexpensive. There was no major hurdle to acquiring or renewing documents for such cars, he claimed.

Thousands of Bamyan inhabitants owned illegal vehicles, which had a good market in the central province, he maintained.

Mohammad Azim, a showroom owner in Bamyan City, noted a huge increase in the number of second-hand NCP cars imported through Wesh border town. Impounding these vehicles would be a difficult job, he thought.

“Most of the people in Bamyan are unable to purchase registered cars because their prices are high. Therefore, the market of used NCP cars is very lucrative,” Azim continued.

Mujtaba, a dealer who imports NCP vehicles, alleged: “Fake number plates of all provinces are available in Wesh. If a customer requests one, we can bring it for him. These number plates are made in China and owners use them to make their vehicles look like registered ones.”

Mujtaba said smugglers faced no serious problem at security checkpoints in driving NCP cars to Bamyan. Police officers would let them go in return for small amounts of money.

Most of cars coming from Wesh are newer than 2000 model, included Fielder, Corolla, 4Runner and Compact.

NCP car-related problems

Hayatullah Hekmat, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, said NCP cars were used in most criminal incidents that threatened the safety of Bamyan people. This made the identification of criminals harder for security and detective organs.

Additionally, he continued, the legal business was also affected as investments were made in an uncertain area and millions of afghanis in government revenue were lost due to poor law enforcement.

Economist Mohammad Sadiq Mirzad accused the government of negligence, saying the authorities had no plan for effective economic management. A huge amount of money was wasted and government revenue lost due to the illegal business, he pointed out.

The problem had become more complicated as the Ministry of Interior (MoI) is also unable to deal with it, he said, adding one in 10 families currently used NCP cars. Mirzad said mafia groups and senior officials were involved in the sordid business.

“This environmentinfo-icon has been created by the government and the people themselves. When people are sure of police indifference, they sell registered vehicles and purchase NCP cars at lower prices,” he reasoned.

Official view

Governor Tahir Zuhair confirmed that some NCP vehicles existed in Bamyan but said the problem was encountered in all parts of the country, including the capital Kabulinfo-icon.

“This problem should be resolved by the cabinet,” he suggested, admitting the NCP vehicles also created issues for the traffic system besides contributing to traffic accidents.

“Impounding thousands of NCP vehicles is a challenge to the government. We can prevent such cars in Bamyan but the problem should be resolved at source all over the country,” Zuhair concluded.

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