I do not really know if we should welcome this initiative happily but Australia and even UK already have similar (?) regulations, although our systems are much different. From what I read in the local media, it might soon be a reality whereby you will need to place special plates on your vehicle if you have recently obtained your driving permit. Right now, there’s not much details about its application in the Mauritian context.
I do not really understand the need for someone to hang a plate on his vehicle to tell everyone :
“HEY! I JUST GOT MY DRIVING PERMIT!”.
And what happens if you have several cars in your garage and that you are not the only driver? If authorities needed a way to distinguish these drivers for some legal reasons, they could have easily and simply issued different permits, to the discretion of other thousand of vehicles going pass your vehicle everyday.
Personally instead of introducing new regulations, I vote for more efforts to make the point system (permis à points) become a reality asap, carry out more preventive campaigns and a better presence of the police force to reinforce existing laws, which are not always respected by all. Remember the yellow vehicle license plates story? Nothing has been made official yet!
Despite being at a very early stage of this debate, what are your views on this topic?
Update (10 July 2012) :
Taxi, lorry and bus drivers are demanding that the authorities should consider the nature of their job and they are demanding a different system for the “permis à point” for them.