28 FEBRUARY 2017
PHILIPSBURG–Today, Tuesday, February 28, is the deadline established by law for motorists to pay their 2017 motor vehicle tax and buy number plates.
Persons who do not pay by today’s deadline stand to lose their number plates, as the Receiver usually starts giving out plates not paid for after the deadline to motorists in need.
Receiver Minerva Gumbs said persons with temporary plates can visit the office as of Wednesday, March 1, to have a 2017 plate assigned to them. The Receiver’s Office will also be open on Saturday, March 4, from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
Gumbs told The Daily Herald via the Department of Communications DCOMM that the date for controls has not yet been set, but noted that preparations are underway for this. She said also that motor vehicle tax payments to date have exceeded those for the corresponding period last year.
More than 29,000 pairs of plates were brought in for 2017. In the M category 12,500 plates arrived; in the P category 9,999 plates; in the R category 3,000 plates; in the V category 3,200 plates in the G category 90; in the V category 290 plates; in the L category 210 plates; in the SXM and PAR categories one plate each; in the MR category 7 plates and in the Taxi category 500 plates.
The price for the number plates is 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 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.
Source: Thew Daily Herald, St. Maarten