Transport authority to destroy impounded vehicles

The transport authority has declared it will destroy all vehicles impounded by the police in their tow yard, despite a notice from parliament’s government oversight committee ordering it not to destroy the vehicles.

Speaking to the press today, chairman of the transport authority Abdul Rasheed Nafiz said that he did not believe that parliament could give the authority such an order as the motor vehicle act required the transport ministry to destroy impounded vehicles if the owner did not pay the fines within a certain duration.

Nafiz told the press that if MPs were worried about citizen’s property being destroyed they should amend the motor vehicle act to prevent the impounding and destruction of vehicles, or vote on the matter.

On June 24, police announced the impounded vehicles in the police tow yard would be destroyed if the owners did not claim them.

Police Spokesperson Ismail Ali told Minivan News that owners had already been given three months to reclaim their vehicles.

“The three month duration expired last Friday,’’ Ismail said. ‘’The tow yard is full now and we need the land for other purposes.’’

According to Ismail this is the first time  police will destroy vehicles since the motor transport act came in to effect.

‘’These vehicles that we are going to destroy have been here since 2008,’’ he said.

He said a committee consisting of members from Male City council, police, media, and transport authority will decide how to destroy these vehicles.

‘’The committee will give instructions to police,’’ he added.

Following the decision by police, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Ahmed ‘Bonda’ Rasheed staged a one-man protest inside the parliament chamber.

The Speaker Abdulla Shahid repeatedly asked Rasheed to take his seat, and after several hours asked security officials to remove him from the parliament chamber.

Later that day the issue was filed at the government oversight committee and the committee passed a motion to send a notice to the transport authority requesting it not destroy the vehicles.


4 thoughts on “Transport authority to destroy impounded vehicles”

  1. Total madness, absolutely weird and stupid decision from the police.

    These vehicles costed thousands of dollars and most of them are in very good condition. Maldives is the first country in the world to take such an idiotic decision. In other countries, such vehicles are sold on auction and the money used for better use.

    One question I ask the police, Why dont you publicly destroy the thousands of alcohol bottles, tonnes of harsh, kilograms of heroine, and hundreds of bullets you proudly have got in your possession?????

    The public needs to know what happens to these items first before destroying peoples property. It takes 2 years to pay in installment for these vehicles and that money that people earn from hard work. Why are you protecting drug and alcohol dealers and holding the illicit drugs that has destroyed this country?

    The public demands an answer.

  2. "One question I ask the police, Why dont you publicly destroy the thousands of alcohol bottles, tonnes of harsh, kilograms of heroine, and hundreds of bullets you proudly have got in your possession?????"

    Very questionable indeed!
    The public can demand!
    But the mere truth about this is that the Police cannot account this and have to remain silent!

    Even though this it is not officially declared, Maldives have been a Police State ever since its Military were beaten by the SO division of the Police on 7th February 2012.

  3. this is the only way to sell more vehicles! Maldives has a low population compared to most contires thus limited customers. now all these vehicles needs to be replaced, thus they need to buy new ones. the govt(and all those who import and deal in this bisness) makes money!
    1. customs duty
    2. Tax
    3. vehicle registration / all the other ways govt makes money.

    this is capitalist thinking at its best..

  4. Its also not allowed from a religious perspective. The wealth of the people shall be protected. The problem is we have 30 years of secular education which created zombies who do not know what is right from wrong.


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