POND ISLAND–Motorists who have already paid their 2018 motor vehicle tax can breathe a sigh of relief, as the 2018 number plates have finally arrived in the country after a lengthy delay.
However, the plates are not yet ready to be picked up. The plates first have to be delivered to the Receiver’s Office, unpacked and sorted before motorists can collect their plates. The Receiver’s Office will announce when the plates will be ready so that motorists who have already paid their motor vehicle tax can pick up theirs. The plates were originally expected in the country in mid-January.
A number of motorists have already made their payments. By law the deadline to make the motor vehicle tax payment is February 28.A total of 35,508 sets of 2018 number plates for vehicles were ordered for this year. This represents 5,480 pairs more than the 30,028 plates that were ordered for 2017. Also ordered were 1,000 plates for motorbikes, the same quantity that was ordered for 2017. Firgos Paper has provided the plates for the country. The new plates will feature a new design and colours.
The price for the number plate is expected to be the same: NAf. 12.50 for all types of vehicles and NAf. 7.50 for motorbikes.
Motorists with number plates M, P, SXM, MR (ministers) and PAR (Parliament) will be expected to 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 (moped) will pay NAf. 50 in motor vehicle tax. A valid insurance document and inspection card are needed for payment to be processed.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/73871-2018-number-plates-here-not-yet-ready-for-pick-up