The change of regulation is a result of a Council of Ministers decision.
The deadline was moved to an earlier date to enable speed cameras to recognise the licence plates, in order to identify vehicles.
Those who fail to meet the deadline will be subject to a fine.
The new licence plates for privately owned vehicles consists of a white background – with embossed black letters and numbers – and a blue stripe on the left, which must contain the stamp of the Motor Vehicles Registrar and the registration number of the licence plate manufacturers.
Vehicle owners who have not changed their licence plates are advised to do so by January 31, 2019, from licence plate manufacturers authorised by the Traffic Department of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation.
The deadline to change the licence plates of rental cars has been set as July 2, 2018. Licence plates of rental cars will contain a red background with black embossed letter and numbers.
The licence plate must also contain a blue stripe on the left, with the stamp of the Motor Vehicles Registrar and the registration number of the licence plate manufacturers.
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