Surge of uncollected number plates an issue - Minister | Daily News

Surge of uncollected number plates an issue - Minister

Provincial character taken out of new registrations

Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr.Bandula Gunawardena, yesterday said that about 50,000 number plates issued by the Motor Traffic Department during the registration of vehicles, have not been taken away by the vehicle owners.

He said that these number plates have piled up at the department premises in a manner that is not conducive to the environment.

In order to prevent this situation and reduce the costs involved, the provincial character on the vehicle number plates will be removed from February 1, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said.

He also said that the 24-page form that must be completed when transferring a car will be issued with 12 pages from today.

The minister also said that the implementation of demerit point system for driving licence, issuance of driving licence for hearing impaired will be implemented from the beginning from this year

“Any person can fill this form easily. A certificate from a Justice of Peace is not required”, he said

Speaking at a press conference at the Information Department yesterday, the minister also said that instead of two photos, one photo can be provided. The description of the Province in the number plates will also be removed.

Motor Traffic Department’s Commissioner General Anuruddha Weerasinghe said the department will initiate many activities in 2023. As per the approval of the cabinet, the implementation of vehicle number plates will be started.

A lot of money is spent on this. Number plates are decaying at the district offices unnecessarily. This has become an environmental issue too.

The vehicle transfer form with its high printing cost has been redesigned to make it easier. It has been made more convenient


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