New number plate system for GP

2010-09-10 13:15

The Gauteng government planned to introduce its new licence plate system in December, the month it expected to run out of numbers to allocate under the old system, transport MEC Bheki Nkosi said today.

However, the “intelligence” components, which would feature a chip containing information on the vehicle owner, was on hold, pending further consultations, the MEC said.

This was because proposals submitted did not meet standards and specifications.

The department was worried that there would be one proposal supplied for both the plates and the chip, which could be considered anti-competitive.

“We are still to decide how to insert that aspect and how to roll it out,” he said.

The new number plate would be aluminium, sold by approved manufacturers to eradicate illegal duplicates, and would cost about R350 a set.

They would be allocated during new vehicle registrations in the province, and a roll call would be held for old number plates to be replaced.

The new sequence would be two letters of the alphabet, starting with BB, followed by two numbers, another two letters and the GP abbreviation for the province.

The current system, which is already on the ZW prefix has three letters of the alphabet, followed by three numbers and GP.

Ultimately, when the roll-out is complete, fines will be imposed on motorists who have not switched to the new system.

According to vehicle registration system eNaTIS, there were 3.78 million “live” vehicles registered in the province, including trailers and caravans.

This was 38.87% of the total vehicles registered in the country – the highest number of registrations.

There were 23 644 new vehicle registrations last month, 49% of the national total.

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