THE Land Transport Authority has clarified that it is not facing a shortage of vehicle registration plates.
LTA spokesman Alfred Wiliame said they had received the new stock of registration plates and he urged all vehicle owners to go to the nearest LTA office to collect the number plates.
"We have the number plates in stock but the issue is that vehicle owners are not picking them up," he said.
Mr Wiliame said the authority had noted an increase in the number of vehicles being registered to operate on the roads.
He said the number of registered vehicles operating on the roads in Fiji were 82,600 so far compared to 81,700 last year.
"On an annual basis the LTA registers about 2000 vehicles," he said.
Mr Wiliame said while people were buying more vehicles in the country, the LTA was also streamlining its operations to fit the needs of the public.
"Road expansion works have been carried out to cater for the increasing number of vehicles operating on our roads," he said.
He said the increasing number of vehicles were not a burden but the authority was addressing its system to be more customer friendly and provide effective services.