TAXI, VAN and motorbike owners have until the end of this year to change their licence plate numbers or face having to pay a fine, the road transport department said on Thursday.
The new licence plates which began being issued from April will only use the twelve letters from the Latin alphabet which correspond with the Greek alphabet.
“New saloon and hatchback cars will be given new licence plate numbers but it is not compulsory for older vehicles to go change their plates,” head of the department Soteris Kolettas told the Cyprus Mail.
The twelve letters are A, B, E, H, K, M, N, P, T, X, Y and Z with M being the current letter being used.
“In April when the new licence plates were issued we were currently on L but because it is not in the twelve letters which we will now be using, we moved to the next letter before exhausting the 1,000 car registrations required to move to the next letter in the alphabet,” Kolettas added.
The head of the department explained that taxis, vans with an A licence and motorbikes will have to change their old licence plates to the new ones by the end of December 2013 or face receiving a warning or a minimal fine.