2018 plates arrival delayed, expected early this month

POND ISLAND–Motorists will have to wait a little bit longer before they can switch their 2017 number plates to the new 2018 plates.

There has been a delay in the arrival of the 2018 plates to the country, Receiver Minerva Gumbs said on Thursday. The plates were originally expected in the country around mid-January.

“The arrival of the plates has been delayed due to being held up by the Customs in the United States. We are anticipating that they will be released and shipped in the coming week,” Gumbs told The Daily Herald.

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To date a total of 2,327 motorists have paid their 2018 motor vehicle tax. Data for the corresponding period last year were not available.

Motorists are urged to make their motor vehicle tax payments early, as the deadline for payment will not be extended. By law the deadline to make the payment is February 28. Persons who pay now will receive their plates as soon as they arrive in the country and are ready for distribution.

“The deadline cannot be extended, as this is regulated by law. Therefore, we are encouraging the taxpayers to make payment before the deadline. As soon as the plates arrive they will be distributed,” Gumbs explained.

A total of 35,508 sets of 2018 number plates for vehicles have been 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 had been ordered for 2017.

Firgos Paper has supplied 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.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/73296-2018-plates-arrival-delayed-expected-early-this-month

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