PThe 2017 number plate is grey in colour and has the words The Friendly Island at the top and St. Maarten at the bottom.
PHILIPSBURG–The 2017 number plates have arrived in the country very early this year, sufficiently in advance to be ready for motorists as of January 2, 2017.
More than 29,000 pairs of plates arrived this week and were delivered to the Receiver’s Office on Friday. Acting Receiver Sharon Redan-Richardson said steps will now be taken to unpack and sort the plates. Motorists will be able to pay for their 2017 motor vehicle tax, and purchase their new plates as of January 2, 2017.
The new plates are grey in colour and have an outline of St. Maarten to the bottom. It also has the words The Friendly Island to the top of the plate and St. Maarten to the bottom. In the M category 12,500 plates arrived; in the P category 9,999 plates; in the R category 3,000 plates; in the V category 3,200 plates in the G category 90; in the V category 290 plates; in the L category 210 plates; in the SXM and PAR categories one plate each; in the MR category 7 plates and in the Taxi category 500 plates.
By law, the deadline to pay motor vehicle tax is February 28, of each calendar year. A valid insurance document and inspection card are needed for payment to be processed. If the price remains unchanged, the price for the number plates will be NAf. 12.50 for all types of vehicles, and NAf. 7.50 for motorbikes. If the price remains unchanged, motorists with number plates M, P, SXM, MR (ministers) and PAR (parliament) will pay NAf. 275 in motor vehicle tax for gasoline-operated vehicles and NAf. 750 for diesel-fuel-operated ones.
Motorists with R plates will pay NAf. 300 for gasoline-operated vehicles and NAf. 750 for diesel fuel-operated vehicles. Taxis, BUS, G (group) and T (tour buses with 35 passengers or less) pay NAf. 275 for gasoline-operated vehicles and NAf. 550 for diesel fuel-operated vehicles. Vehicles with V and Z plates that weigh more than 3,500kg will pay NAf. 1,250 for gasoline- or diesel fuel-operated vehicles. Vehicles with V plates that weigh less than 3,500kg will pay NAf. 275 for gasoline-operated vehicles and NAf. 750 for diesel fuel-operated vehicles. Persons with MF (motorbike) plates will pay NAf. 200 and those with MF (mopeds) will pay NAf. 50 in motor vehicle tax.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/61671-2017-number-plates-have-arrived-early