Police warn 'yellow sticker thieves'
The Royal Barbados Police Force has had to deal with a new type of thief in recent times - persons stealing 'yellow stickers' from vehicle's licence plates.
While the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) government abolished the road tax, persons are still required to present their insurance at a Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) office in order to receive a yellow sticker which is to be placed on their registration plates.
Sergeant Seibert Johnson told Loop News that the Force has had a number of calls from persons whose yellow stickers were removed from their vehicles:
"Persons are stealing the yellow sticker from the back of person number plates who have paid their insurance."
He however warned motorists that this will not help them to shirk the law:
"I was told that if you remove them they cannot be reattached anymore, you have to get a new one.
"There is no sense in persons stealing it, because if they steal it, when we stop you and you cannot produce the other piece which should be placed inside the car you will have problems."
He added that most of all, "yellow sticker thieves" will not be covered by insurance in case of an accident:
"Stealing that without insurance is a waste of time because you still have to produce the insurance on inspection of a police officer, warden or anyone in authority - if you steal that it defeats the purpose."
Sergeant Johnson urged car owners who may have fallen prey to a yellow sticker thief to "report it to the police that it was stolen and let them know what occurred."