PHILIPSBURG-Up to yesterday, Thursday, motorists had purchased approximately 25,000 pairs of number plates, representing approximately 83 per cent of the number of plates sold in 2017.
Receiver Minerva Gumbs said many motorists made use of the extended deadline to pay their motor vehicle tax. By law the deadline to make motor vehicle tax payment is February 28, however, government extended the deadline to June 30, given the situation in the country post-Hurricane Irma.
“We are now in the phase of planning for the controls. An exact start date is yet to be determined,” Gumbs said.
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 had been ordered for 2017. Also ordered were 1,000 plates for motorbikes, the same quantity that had been ordered for 2017.
Firgos Paper has produced the plates for the country. The price for the number plate is 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) pay NAf. 275 in motor vehicle tax for gasoline-operated vehicles and NAf. 750 for diesel-fuel-operated ones. Motorists with R plates 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 3,500 kilograms pay NAf. 1,250 for gasoline- or diesel-fuel-operated vehicles.
Vehicles with V plates that weigh less than 3,500 kilograms pay NAf. 275 for gasoline-operated vehicles and NAf. 750 for diesel-fuel-operated vehicles. Persons with MF-Motorbike plates pay NAf. 200 and those with MF-Moped 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/78786-25-000-2018-plates-sold-represents-83-2017-sales