PHILIPSBURG--A total of 22,081 pairs of 2019 vehicle number plates had been sold up to last week, representing 76 per cent of the number of plates sold last year.

  Finance Minister Perry Geerlings said this represents an income of NAf. 7,384,000 in motor vehicle tax payments and sale of number plates. The figures are expected to be a bit higher this week, as those provided by Geerlings are from last week.

  By law the deadline for motorists to pay their motor vehicle tax was February 28.

  The 2019 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 particularly persons who, due to their religious and personal convictions, do not promote Carnival, are against the plates. These persons can use the 2019 windshield stickers, but if they choose to not use the plates on their vehicles, they  must have the plates in their vehicles at all times.

  A total of 33,278 sets of plates for motor vehicles and 1,000 motorbike plates were ordered for this year.

  The plates cost NAf. 12.50 for all types of vehicles and NAf. 7.50 for motorbikes. There are no additional fees for the stickers.

  Motorists with number plates M, P, SXM, MR (ministers) and PAR (parliament) will 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, B (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 and stickers can be picked up at the old Receiver's Office building on Pond Island, next to University of St. Martin (USM).