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By Olebogeng Molatlhwa | Jan 29, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

GAUTENG'S long-awaited Intelligence Number Plate (INP) system will only be rolled out on April 1 as a pilot project that will run until July.

Department of roads and transport spokesperson Philemon Motshwaedi blamed the public's confusion on overzealous media reports that the roll-out would be this month.

Motshwaedi said: "We have never said this project would start in January. The official position has always been that the roll-out will begin in April."

The new aluminium number plates will include sophisticated security features such as a 3-D barcode mark, an electronic radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag and a new number series. They will cost around R170 a pair and will be available from accredited service providers.

When scanned the RFID will reveal the owner's details and where the license plates were acquired.

According to the department the features are necessary to prevent false plates and licence discs that are used to export stolen vehicles to other provinces and neighbouring countries.

The security features will also help prevent easy access to number plates and vehicle documents and counter revenue loss due to ineffective vehicle identification and verification.

Motshwaedi said Gauteng would run out of numbers by October this year due to the province's rapid registration of vehicles. He said the change was merely a "continuation of numbers".

He said some motorists could end up with registration numbers BB 00 BB GP.

On average 43000 vehicles are registered in the province every month. He said motorists need not fear losing their old registration numbers.

Motshwaedi said the renewal was meant to have the plates manufactured according to the new specifications.

The INP will cost the department R32million, which includes software and hardware systems training, registration and the awarding of certificates to those who take part, extensive communication with the public and costs of running the pilot project.

Project manager Musa Manganyi told Sowetan that more than 200 applicants had come forward to enlist as distributors of the new plates.

But those found to have committed motor vehicle related crimes will not be approved as distributors.

Applicants are already being put through a strict screening process that includes having their business premises inspected to have them ready for full operation.

Premier Nomvula Mokonyane will reveal more details in her state of the province address on February 22.


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