DIMP announced we can soon pickup our number plates for 2020!

We are living with a control-based GOA, that is just another symptom of our wasteful culture.

In the Aruba of the future, if we do things right from the start, there is need for corrective control, right?

I have been writing about our wasteful number plate system for years. The argument for the yearly CHANGE in number plates was so the police can see from a distance whether or not the vehicle has paid its road-tax.

Also the manufacturer of the plates was classified as friends & family, and as such and deserved a piece of the pie.  

We never stopped to ask why is the police in charge of checking whether or not tax is paid.

The system as is, is already burdened with the largest payroll, and has a lot on its plate, we should remove items from that to-do list, so that remaining services would attain higher levels of service.

In the Aruba of the future, can we absolve the police from road-tax control? No more yearly plates. No more stickers either.

Here’s what we can do:

All vehicles, are subject to road-tax, by law, as a form of payment for our excellent roads and bridges. My calculator says that at Awg 165 x 60.000 cars, GOA collects at least 10 million florins.

Don’t you wonder how much of that actually covers the maintenance costs of the infrastructure?

Why can’t DIMP just e-mail us, sms us, WhatsApp us, with the charge. Just apply the regular existing collection processes, specified by law, including “boets.”

The weekly traffic control for driving-under-the-influence can also weed out and fine the non-payers.

Think about it: The existing system costs more than it brings in.

We could simply get rid of it, it would save us all hidden, indirect and direct costs.

It could also tag the accijns on gasoline and diesel, allocating a certain amount for infrastructure and repair of the roads, the more you drive, the more you pay road-tax. No extra bureaucracy, no extra waste, simple. Why not?

To accommodate the culture of Family & Friends, we turned Aruba into a bureaucratic mess.

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April 17, 2020
Rona Coster