PHILIPSBURG--The 2019 number plates have arrived in the country and will be ready as of Monday for motorists who have paid their 2019 motor vehicle tax and paid for their plates.
Receiver’s Office workers were busy on Thursday sorting the plates to get them ready in time for pick-up on Monday.
Receiver Minerva Gumbs said businesses that have a fleet of vehicles can submit packages with the documents for their plates to the Receivers Office by February 8 for these to be processed.
By law the deadline for motorists to pay their motor vehicle tax is February 28.
Payment for the plates 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).
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.
A total of 33,278 sets of plates for motor vehicles and 1,000 motorbike plates have been ordered.
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.