PHILIPSBURG–Despite government’s dire financial circumstances, Justice Minister Cornelius de Weever said on Wednesday that authorities are looking into the possibility of delaying the payment of motor vehicle tax by half a year.
By law the deadline for the payment is February 28, and a few thousand motorists have already made the annual payment and are currently waiting to pick up their number plates, which arrived in the country this week and will be ready for pick-up at a still-to-be-announced date.
De Weever told reporters on Wednesday that representatives of the police, Ministry of Justice, Tax Administration and Ministry of Finance will be meeting today, Thursday “because we [would – Ed.] like to explore the opportunity of delaying the payment of these fees. … We are looking at six months right now.”
He said the decision to delay the payment would have to be made in consultation with experts in this field. He said making a decision on whether to repair one’s vehicle, “buying your number plate,” and fixing one’s roof are tough choices that persons in the community face and wherever Government can provide some relief, it should. “It’s important that we follow the laws as well as the possibilities to provide that relief to you.”
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 motor bikes, the same quantity that had been ordered for 2017.
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.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/73917-govt-wants-to-delay-payment-of-vehicle-tax-by-six-months