LTA begins use of new machines to produce number plates

An LTA staff operates a shredder machine to destroy old number plates. Picture: SUPPLIED

NEW machines have been in operation from yesterday in producing new number plates for the Lands Transport Authority (LTA).

According to the LTA, the new equipment will in-turn reduce the customer turnaround time and ensure all number plates are printed on time and in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

“Old number plates are now shredded in an automated process with the aluminium alloy being recycled here in Fiji,” the authority said.

It further states the number plate-printing machines have vehicle distinctive features when assigning it to the owners, that include:

· Emblems and crests

· Holograms

· Holographic hot stamping foil on the embossed plate elements, and

· Laser engraved marks and UV markers.

These new machines will greatly assist the LTA in the registration and licencing of vehicles in the country.

Motorists are reminded that:

· Operating a vehicle on the highway without either a front or rear number plate or both is illegal;

· Vehicles may not operate on the highway with pieces of paper stuck in the window, this too is illegal;

· Trucks must have their rear number plate positioned so that all the digits are clearly visible from the rear and the plate is kept illuminated with number plate lights and the plate is kept clean; and

· Motorists who do not adhere to the regulations above are liable to receive costly Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs).

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