The rush for inspection stickers led to a windfall of more than $10 million for Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) according to the draft estimates of revenue.
MOWT has estimated that it would make $4.2 million from the sale of inspection stickers last year, instead, it made more than three times the amount.
According to the draft estimates of revenue the MOWT made $15.6 million last year from the sale of inspection tickets.
In 2018, $8 million was raised from the sale of inspection stickers.
These figures coincide with the rush by motorists to inspect their vehicles last year following increased fines for non-compliance.
On January 1 this year a fine of $5,000 came into effect for vehicles missing an inspection sticker and valid certificate.
This deadline came following a five-month moratorium offered by Government on July 5 following a series of complaints of overcrowding at licensing offices.
Section 27(11) of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act (48:50) states: “(a) registered owner of a private motor vehicle or motorcycle, public service motor vehicle, rental car, goods vehicle, omnibus or trailer, who fails to produce the vehicle for inspection or drives the vehicle without obtaining an inspection sticker and certificate in accordance these regulations commits an offence and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of $5,000”.
Private vehicles are to be inspected after five years from the manufacture date, not the registration date, while transport vehicles are to be inspected one year after the date of licensing.
The MOWT expects to raise $8 million from the sale of inspection stickers this fiscal year according to the draft estimates of revenue.