Eagle-eyed people may have spotted more than the usual amount of temporary number plates on cars just recently. According to the Department of Vehicle and Drivers' Licensing, they ran out of normal number plates in September; however, plates were short-shipped in October and are scheduled to arrive on Islands early this month, they advised.
All customers are advised that new plates are not available at this time but they are given the usual logbook, receipt and coupon. The Department of Vehicle and Driver’s Licensing keeps a log of all plates that are issued. When the permanent plates are available, the customer will be notified to collect their plates at the Crewe Road, Breakers or West Bay Office locations.
Section 8 (4) of the Traffic Act (2021) allows the Director of DVDL to issue temporary plates. It states,
“Where the Director is unable to issue permanent registration plates that Director may issue temporary registration plates of such design and dimensions as that Director may determine but such plates shall be issued for a period not exceeding six months.”
Due to the global pandemic, most international shipping by sea freight is backlogged. Unfortunately, we are feeling the effects as well, they said.