~ Motorists can lose plates from March 1 ~
PHILIPSBURG–Persons who fail to pay their 2019 motor vehicle tax by the February 28 deadline stand to lose their plates as of March 1.
Tax Administration Official Sherry Hazel said controls will be announced soon. She added that the windshield stickers are now available for motorists who do not want to use the 2019 plates. The stickers were delivered on Friday and are being distributed to motorists who have paid their 2019 motor vehicle tax. All motorists will receive their number plates along with their stickers, as receiving the plates is mandatory.
Justice Minister Cornelius de Weever had said recently that a total of 33,000 motor vehicle stickers enhanced with security features had been ordered. Finance Minister Perry Geerlings had also said recently that the windshield stickers are just to prove to police that the 2019 motor vehicle tax has been paid. Motorists must still collect their 2019 number plates and, if they will not be using the plates on their vehicles, they should always have them in their vehicles
By law the deadline for motorists to pay their motor vehicle tax is February 28.
The 2019 number plates, which are yellow in colour, have “50 Years of Carnival 2019” emblazoned at the top and “St. Maarten” at the bottom. Sections of the community are against the plates, particularly persons who, due to their religious and personal convictions, do not promote Carnival.
A total of 33,278 sets of plates for motor vehicles and 1,000 motorbike plates were ordered for this year.
Businesses that have a fleet of vehicles can submit packages with their documents for their plates to the Receiver’s Office by February 8 for these to be processed.
The plates cost 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 will be needed for payment to be processed.
Motor vehicle tax payment can be made at the Receiver’s Office cashiers at the Government Building and plates can be picked up at the old Receiver’s Office building on Pond Island next to University of St. Martin (USM).