The Solomon Islands attorney general Gabriel Suri says there is provision for outgoing members of parliament to buy their vehicles.
The Solomon Star reports the Infrastructure Permanent Secretary John Ta'aru had sought clarification from the Attorney General about whether to retrieve the cars from the former MPs, two weeks after the dissolution of parliament.
But Mr Suri says there can be a delay to the return of government vehicles under the Parliamentary Entitlement Regulation and Road Transport Act.
Mr Suri says the outgoing MPs can seek approval to buy their G-plated cars, but if this isn't granted the Permanent Secretary can issue them with 14 days notice to return their vehicles.
He says failure to do so could result in 600 US dollars fine or imprisonment not exceeding 12 months.