Faded registration plates

I wonder how many of you reading this have already been “robbed” of $75 through no fault of your own.

I am sure that many others, like me, will find out that you have when you visit the offices of the Department of Vehicle & Drivers’ Licensing (DVDL) to, say, renew your driver’s license.

The police will have observed that your yellow number plates are not perfectly yellow anymore and have faded or peeled and so have informed DVDL.

Thousands of us are being forced to pay $75 because the number plates that DVDL sold us a few years ago were not fit for purpose.

Either DVDL had specified the wrong yellow paint, given Cayman’s bright daylight or heat, or the manufacturer had used the wrong paint.

Either way the innocent motorist is having to pay $75 because someone else was incompetent. How unfair is this?

It would be interesting to know how many additional thousands of dollars are being raised by this for DVDL.

Judging by the number of close friends who have been caught by this and the pile of faulty plates I saw in the West Bay DVDL office this other day, I guess that it would be a vast amount.

It is not only the cost but also the extra work that this causes. The number plates have to be physically changed and then registration documents, the windscreen sticker and insurance documents all have to be changed.

Was a cheaper and more convenient alternative explored? Could not an agent have been appointed to respray the faulty yellow plates at no cost to the motorist?

This would be in line with that which car manufacturers do when they find that a faulty part has been fitted.

George Tustin