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Licence plate shortage to end mid-August - TAJ

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 7:35 PM

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says the current shortage of  licence plates in Jamaica should be eased by mid August. 

The TAJ says some plates which arrived yesterday have been distributed to the main tax offices across the island and another shipment of raw material is expected in Jamaica later this week. 

The TAJ says its suppliers have reportedly committed to working through the weekend and operating for extended hours to supply additional plates starting Monday.  

The Tax Administration says its operations team has contacted automobile dealers to determine the number of plates they require.

The team has also reportedly updated the dealers on how their demands will be satisfied. 

The TAJ is reminding persons in possession of their old licence plates that they may choose to transfer those plates to their new vehicles.

Earlier this month, the Automobile Dealers' Association halted the payment of motor vehicle import duties to protest the shortage of licence plates.

The TAJ says the shortage has been due mainly to an unusually high demand for plates in recent months and problems with the supply of raw materials from overseas produces to its local manufacturers.