Addressing the Ministry of Information Regular Press Briefing on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in the Charles Gbeyon Press Hall on Capitol Hill, Transport Minister, Angela Cassell Bush said the introduction of the new plates was consistent with Title 38 of the Liberian Code of laws Revised Chapter 3.6.
According to the Minister Bush, the new sets of plate are designed to address a number of issues with the existing plates including coding that did not meet standardized requirements for visibility and appearance and design specifications that lacked security features, rendering the plates exposed to duplication.
She said for Liberia to have been on par with international transport best practice, it was imperative for the Ministry of Transport to introduce the new improved license plates.
Commenting on the new features, she indicated that the plates are designed to be retro-reflective so that they have higher visibility at night to also assist law enforcement officers identify vehicles plying the streets at night.
The plates also contain warranty marks that also serve as embedded security features buried in the sheeting for traceability, warranty enforcement and to avoid counterfeiting.
The change of the plate design according to Minister Bush will require all vehicles in the Republic to convert to the new system thereby presenting law enforcement and other authorities the opportunity to collect data on vehicle ownership and operations.
Providing further details, Minster Bush disclosed that the new plates will use a new numbering system based on the vehicle categories thereby discontinuing the following categories of vehicle license plates: PC, BC, PB, BP, PP, and NG. These will all replaced by “A” categories of license plates.
Because of the new changes, license plates such as TB, TP, TT and TX are being discontinued and replaced with one general category called Public Transport and another called TAXI.
By these changes, there will be a reduction in the number of different categories of plates in the system, she indicated.
Concluding, Minister Bush thanked the President for affording her the opportunity and commanded colleagues in government for their cooperation in this effort.-Press Release