As part of an effort to enhance the transport sector throughout the country, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) has planned to introduce a new design of vehicle license plates and stickers, to be used over the next five years beginning early this year.
Making the disclosure recently at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, the Minister of Transport, Angeline Cassell Bush, explained that the new plates and stickers will be introduced by the first quarter of the year and all vehicles in Liberia will be required to change their plates and stickers to the new design.
According to the Minister, the new plates will also have stickers that will be placed on the vehicles to identify the county of residence of the owner. “The new plates,” she explained, “will have reflective sheeting and certain additional security features to avoid duplication.”
She further explained that the Ministry is also collaborating with the Liberia National Police (LNP) and other key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Ministry of Justice in the rollout and enforcement of the new vehicle license plates and stickers.
Minister Bush disclosed that the Ministry is also working out modalities for the procurement of a contractor to automate the vehicle registration and driver-licensing processes to facilitate improved record keeping and avoid revenue losses due to illegal duplication of vehicle registration documents.
“The new computerized system will link the various ports of entry in Liberia to our central database and make sure the tracing of vehicles in Liberia is easier to implement. This national database will also be available to the law enforcement arm of government to effectively monitor vehicle activities in Liberia.”
According to her, as part of the national decentralization process, the Ministry will be redesigning its offices outside Monrovia in order to extend vehicle registration services to Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties.
“These offices will be fully equipped to carry on the processes and avoid people in the distant counties having to drive long distances to access the services. We intend to make additional information available to the general public as to how the regulations will be effective,” she added.
She disclosed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last year forwarded to the National Legislature the proposed Axle Load Law for review, deliberation and passage into law. This is intended to stop certain kinds of vehicles from using roads and will restrict the amount of load a vehicle can carry based on the number of Axle the vehicle has.