New plates just another govt scheme
I READ your article regarding the new metal number plates (Cyprus Today, January 5) and not having already fitted them I looked up the list of approved number plate suppliers. Just finding an approved supplier is a chore in itself, as the list only provides the name of the company — no address or telephone number.
Eventually after some Google and Facebook and Google Maps searches I was able to find two suppliers in Girne and headed off. I went to the first supplier. I asked what the procedure was before they could provide. The response was: “Just park the car outside, we’ll make up the plates and fit them for 100 lira.” When I asked whether they needed ID or logbook for the car, the answer was no.
I was confused and asked how would they be able to enter my details into the online system if they weren’t going to take any information from me. Their response was that they were an approved supplier and showed me their supplier number 23. I left there feeling suspicious and went to another approved supplier — number 34 from the list —- who told me exactly the same things as the first. The only difference
was the price: 80 lira.
I now have nice new number plates on the car. However I am wondering how is all this going to improve things if no information whatsoever was taken or entered into an online system ?
It all seems pretty stupid to me and just another scheme to line the government’s coffers at the expense of motorists.
I have had speeding tickets in the past which I have paid, albeit it took the authorities some time to knock on the front door.
Maybe these new plates have GPS trackers built in.
Erbay Safer, Yeşiltepe
Editor’s note: A Transport and Communications Ministry spokesman said authorised suppliers were required to check the vehicle log book when new number plates were fitted and that warning letters would be sent out reminding suppliers that failure to do so would see their licence revoked. Vehicle owners should report suppliers who fail to do so, he said.