Leaving the mandatory change of license plates to the very last day meant long lines for owners of vehicles trying to beat today’s deadline for plates ending in “1”.
Usually, the process takes an hour, but in the last couple of days the time was five hours and more.
The National Registry (Registro Nacional) said the average new plate issues last week was 500 per day. On Wednesday the number rose to 2,754.
Accoring to the Registro, a total of 25,683 vehicles did not get new plates issued by the close of business today and starting tomorrow face a fine ¢20.000 by the Traffic Poice.
Starting Friday and for the next three months, it will be for onwers of vehicles with license plates ending in “2”.