Friday, December 21 2012 @ 01:02 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Officials from the Mayor's office reported that they are removing the expired license plates from these vehicles to keep the cars from circulating through the streets illegally.
The spokesman added that the municipality is only authorized to remove the license plates, and the Transit Authority is imposing a $50 fine for contempt.
"Cars that do not have their license plates up to date will be towed away," said Ventura Vega, the Director of the ATTT.
The operations will continue on a permanent basis, and they started at the end of a moratorium period that was granted by the Mayor which lasted for a month, during which time drivers could get caught up to date by paying the back taxes with no fines.
The moratorium ran from 7 November through 7 December 2012, but still more than 22,000 drivers failed to pick up their license plates.
The surprise operations will continue in various parts of the city, so offenders are requested to go to any of the payment centers that have been established by the municipality of Panama City, in order to pay off the debt and to obtain their new license plates, said Guillermo Dominguez, Director of Tax Administration the Mayor of Panama.
The Mayor and ATTT will continue making the mobile operations at strategic points around the city, to detect and punish the owners of cars that are under these conditions.
Payments can be made at any one of the seven service centers located in Pedregal, Plaza Ágora, Las Cumbres, 24 de Diciembre, Parque Lefevre, Ancón and Hatillo. (Siglo)
Editor's Comment: So if you get caught with expired license plates they remove the plates from your car, give you a $50 fine, and tow your car away. This forces you to stop what you're doing, go pay off all of your fines and back fees, get your new plates, go to the impound lot, pay for the towing, screw on your new plates, and drive away.