The current plastic Limpopo number plates, as seen above, will be phased out from April 2013 in favour of aluminium plates.

Limpopo drivers will have to fork out R120 to convert to new number plates from April - for the fifth time since 1994.

After the change, drivers are still expected to change their number plates every five years.

This was announced on Tuesday by roads and transport MEC Pitsi Moloto at a media briefing to outline the provincial government’s progress in the first quarter, which began in April and ended in June.

There are currently 56 800 registered cars in the province.

Moloto, who also chairs the province’s economic cluster, said: “The new aluminium number plates, which will also have hidden security features, will provide a uniform look and will comply with national standards.”

The department had planned to introduce new number plates in June 2011 but this had been delayed.

Moloto also said the province would introduce a 24-hour shift system for traffic officers as from November.

“Traffic law enforcement is currently operating two shifts which start at 6am and end at 8pm,” he said. “This means that from 8pm to 6am there are no traffic law enforcement activities.” - The Star