Central Equatoria (CE) plate number [Photo| Jok P Mayom]
By Jok P Mayom
JUBA, 04 February 2016 [Gurtong] – The move follows a presentation of a memo by the technical committee of the National Ministry of Interior to the cabinet ministers proposing the unification of plate numbers.
Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth, the National Minister of Information and broadcasting also government spokesperson said that the cabinet has applauded and passed the memo to the parliament.
“We received the memo from the Ministry of Interior on the unified motor vehicle number plates and driving license” Makuei said after the discussion and deliberation of the memo by the cabinet.
“This presentation was meant to address the problem of plate numbers. As you have seen every State has its own plate number and the government has their plate number even each level of government has its own plate number” Makuei explained.
“…. These plate numbers ought to be unified so that the proper data is kept for both the vehicles and motor cycles” he added.
The government spokesperson further said that the presentation was made and samples of the number plates were presented by the Ministry of Interior.
While showing off the samples of the different plate numbers, he said they include numbers for members of South Sudan government, Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), United Nation (UN), Private Vehicles, Commercial vehicles amongst others.
Makuei said the cabinet has discussed, deliberated and approved the memo, to be passed to the parliament for amendment after which it will be returned to the cabinet for final approval.
“This is to address the problem of having so many plate numbers which is actually causing a lot of confusion and this is even giving chances to some of the individuals to print out and make their own plate numbers so we don’t know which is which” Makuei noted.
Police Spokesperson, James Monday Enoka said that the many plate numbers cannot be traced in case an incident occurs.
‘When a single motorist is involved in an accident and runs away and we copy the number plate and then we go to the traffic to trace it out, it is never found” Police Spokesperson Canal James Monday Enoka said.
“Our neighbours are also complaining that when these vehicles go across neighbouring countries they question which country the vehicle is from looking at the plate number.”