Honduras Privatizes Vehicle Registration

The Commission for the Promotion of Public-Private Partnership intends to privatize the registration of more than 750,000 vehicles through a trust in a private bank.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"This was established by representatives of the Commission for the Promotion of Public-Private Partnerships (COALIANZA) after seeing the content of a draft decree aimed at removing the responsibility of vehicle registration from the Revenue Office (DEI)," noted an article in Elheraldo.hn.

The plan includes a new method of issuing certificates for a fee of 300 lempiras ($15), every two years, by way of inspection and control of gas emissions that would be regulated in the country.

"We see this as a viable project that we could use to remove some tension as to the issuance of number plates", said Mario Lopez, director of the DEI.



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