PHILIPSBURG–A total of 35,508 sets of 2018 number plates for vehicles have been ordered.
This represents 5,480 pairs more than the 30,028 plates that were ordered for 2017. Also ordered were 1,000 plates for motor bikes, the same quantity that was ordered for 2017.
Receiver Minerva Gumbs told The Daily Herald via the Department of Communications DComm that Firgos Paper will be supplying the plates for the country. The new plates will feature a new design and colours.
She said while many motorists are driving around without plates, this is due to different reasons, among others that some persons lost their plates during the September hurricanes.
“All situations have been taken into consideration and additional plates were purchased. This, of course, is an unpredictable situation, but it will be closely monitored,” she said.
As for the collection of motor vehicle tax for 2017, Gumbs said the collection of motor vehicle tax thus far for this year has exceeded what was collected over the same period last year.
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 (mopeds) will pay NAf. 50 in motor vehicle tax.
A valid insurance document and inspection card are needed for payment to be processed.
Motor vehicle tax payments for 2018 can only be made in the new year.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/71772-35-508-sets-of-number-plates-ordered-arrive-mid-january