Residents have until 31 March to update their vehicle suspensions.
After that date, the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing will be removing them from the register and destroying their accompanying licence plates.
‘Registration and plates cannot be suspended indefinitely,’ Deputy Director Richard Simms explained in a press release ‘Suspensions are temporary, being designed to last from three months up to the expiration date of the current licence coupon. If an owner has no plans to continue using a vehicle then they should terminate the registration.’
A suspension period may be extended, however, at the owner’s request. It should be applied for at the DVDL one week before a current licence coupon expires.
Persons who previously suspended their registration and plates but whose suspensions have expired are encouraged to visit any DVDL location – on Elgin Avenue in George Town, on Walkers Road (above Wendy’s) or in West Bay at Banks Plaza – prior to 31 March to seek extensions.
‘If we have not heard from these owners by that date, we’ll be forced to remove the vehicles from the registration list and destroy the plates,’ Mr. Simms said.
Vehicles with expired licence coupons continue to attract licensing fees as long as they remain on the register.
‘If vehicles are parked for more than three months the licences should either be suspended or terminated. Fees begin accumulating the day after motor vehicle licences expire,’ said Mr. Simms.
He added that residents travelling overseas for more than three months may qualify for refunds on the unused portions of their licences. Persons should simply return the plates and licence coupons to any of the department’s offices, and complete vehicle licence suspension forms.
For more information on vehicle licence suspensions, contact the DVDL at 945-8344.