By Houda Mzioudet.
Tripoli, 24 August 2013:
According to the LANA news agency, the Interior Ministry has told Libyans who have not changed their vehicles plates so far to go to the licence offices and do so. Otherwise, legal action will be taken against them once the deadline is passed.
A number of warnings about licence plates has already be issued by the authorities without effect.
On 31 January this year, the head of Tripoli police warned that it would confiscate any vehicle without a number plate or with an invalid foreign plate. On 7 February, Benghazi National Security Directorate also announced that it would take legal action against car owners without number plates or with tinted glass. Similarly, the Ministry of Interior stated on 30 May that it would impound any vehicle without a number plate.
Despite these warnings Libya’s roads remain full of vehicles without any plates or with foreign numbers and with tinted glass.
It is thought that the lack of action following these earlier warnings will probably mean that no one will respond to the latest one until they see vehicles being towed away. [/restrict]