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Car dealerships authorized to use provisional marbetes next month

By The Star Staff

Transportation and Public Works (DTOP by its Spanish acronym) Secretary Eileen Vélez Vega on Tuesday signed Resolution 2021-29 to authorize car dealerships to use of a provisional label or “marbete” during the month of January 2022 as a result of the worldwide impact of the pandemic and to ensure that each vehicle complies with the law.

“This resolution was enacted because the pandemic has affected the producers of the marbetes, for which reason the resolution authorizes the use of the temporary label for all vehicles purchased at car dealerships in Puerto Rico,” Vélez Vega said in a written statement. “We have been constantly monitoring the situation with the producers of the label seals and we have proactively made the determination to authorize the use of this temporary seal for vehicles purchased in the month of January.”

“This temporary seal is commonly used in other jurisdictions within the United States and meets the immediate needs of vehicle tags and other identification tools,” the DTOP secretary added. “As is public knowledge, the COVID-19 pandemic and its new variants have affected all production areas; in the same way, we have been affected by this situation. We will continue working to achieve new tools that help the thousands of drivers who use public roads every day.”

The provisional label will consist of several security elements, among which is the identification of the corresponding digit number with the vehicle license and the license plate number. The temporary label or marbete can only be used for the month of January. Once the month is over, the label will no longer be valid, so the driver must have obtained and mounted the new label for the year. The resolution is valid for all motor vehicles, motorcycles or towing trailers.

Meanwhile, the DTOP secretary signed Resolution 2021-28, which extends the validity and renewal term of motor vehicle licenses and tags. They will be valid until Feb. 28, 2022 for those whose expiration date corresponds to the month of January 2022. The resolution, which is effective immediately, likewise addresses the situation with the producers of vehicle tag seals, which have been affected by the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vehicles whose tags have an expiration date of January 2022 will have until Feb. 28 for inspection and for the purchase of the new tags.

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