SIMPSON BAY: Vanity or personalized licence plates are common in many parts of the world, however, these are not legal on St. Maarten.
This car sporting a vanity licence plate was spotted in Simpson Bay over the weekend and this photo was posted on Facebook.
The General Audit Chamber recently delivered a mini audit to Parliament laying out the pros and cons of offering personalized plates as a way to generate revenue for the country as is done in Aruba. No decision on implementing this recommendation has yet been made by the government.
Another no-no for licence plates on St. Maarten is placing a cover of any kind over a vehicle’s plates, especially if it obscures the visibility of the plate to others including the police. Such covers may lead to the motorist receiving a fine for police.
Darkly tinted vehicles are also controlled by police.
The state of licence plates and tint is now in focus as Police execute traffic controls to ensure the road tax is paid for all Dutch-side-registered vehicles traversing the public roads.