30,196 pairs of number plates purchased so far

PHILIPSBURG–Up to yesterday, Thursday, June 22, the Receivers Office had sold a total of 30,196 pairs of the 2017 number plates to motorists in the country, exceeding the number of plates sold for the corresponding period last year.

Receiver Minerva Gumbs did not have the figures for the corresponding period last year available on Thursday. She said, however, that the Receivers Office had reached this mark by September last year. “The sales of the plates are going very well this year,” Gumbs told The Daily Herald. “Up to this point we have exceeded last year.”

The deadline to pay motor vehicle tax by law was February 28. The 2017 number plate is grey in colour and has the words The Friendly Island at the top and St. Maarten at the bottom. 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) have to pay NAf. 275 in motor vehicle tax for gasoline-operated vehicles and NAf. 750 for diesel-fuel-operated ones.

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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 3,500kg pay NAf. 1,250 for gasoline- or diesel fuel-operated vehicles. Vehicles with V plates that weigh less than 3,500kg 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 (mopeds) 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/67099-30-196-pairs-of-number-plates-purchased-so-far

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