250 Reg Plates Soon To Be Auctioned
The Licensing Agency, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), intends to release about 250 licensing plates comprising three, four and five digits of (H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R and S) codes in its forthcoming 48th Online Auction. Registration for the auction opens on Sunday, June 4th, and the auction will start at 08:00 am on Sunday, June 11th and continue for five days.
Sultan Al Marzooki, Director of Vehicles Licensing, RTA Licensing Agency, reported that the intense public participation in open or online auctions and the positive competition for plates was indicative of the importance of these auctions in maximising the happiness and satisfaction of number plate enthusiasts.
He highlighted the importance of online auctions to a large segment of the community who prefer such particular auctions as they find the liberty of selecting their fancied numbers in a hassle-free environment. "These auctions also contribute to enhancing the online services of Vehicles Licensing Department under an annual plan aimed at improving the quality and standard of processing transactions of the public," he commented.
"The participation in the Auction requires depositing a security cheque amounting Dh5,000 plus Dh120 as participation fees. Registration of bidders will be at RTA's Customers Happiness Centers at Umm Al Romool, Bur Dubai, and Deira as well as Al Tawar Municipal Centre. Deposits could be made via credit card if registration was made online through RTA website ( www.rta.ae ).
"The successful bidder has to pay the due amounts within ten working days from the Auction Closing Date. The Department shall refund deposits to customers, in the same method they were paid. Conditions of the auction stipulate that the bidder must have a vehicle registered in Dubai or a driver license issued from Dubai," added Al Marzooki.
"A team from RTA's Call Center has been furnished with all information related to the auction, and stands ready to respond to any public inquiries made through the toll-free number 8009090 about procedures of participation or payment," he concluded.
How close a series of letters or numbers are to a real name of word: if the match quality is high (and the numbers and letters are very convincing in making a popular word), the value of the registration plate will be higher. This means that a match like 5IMON, for the name Simon, will be worth a lot more than a more obscure set of letters and numbers that are not as convincing a match, such as S17 MMM for the name Sam.
The style of the plate: this means establishing if it is a new-style plate, an older-style format or if it is dateless or Irish, for instance. Other options are that it is a prefix-style plate or a suffix-style plate. New-style number plates, which have been produced since 2001, tend to be the least valuable because they are a bit less appealing to some collectors, plus the rule about not having plates that are newer than your car can also come into play, putting people off from buying a newer-style plate for their older car. Prefix-style number plates, which were in production between 1983 and 2001 can be more popular as more vehicles are entitled to have those licence numbers, and they may have fewer characters in total. Suffix-style plates, issued from 1963 to 1983 are relatively rare, which means they can attract higher prices than prefix-style plates and newer designs. Dateless number plates, also known as cherished number plates, were produced between 1903 and 1963 and are nearly always the most valuable number plate configurations; they have fewer digits and their dateless nature means that people can hide the age of their car. Irish number plates are similar to dateless number plates, especially because they don’t have a year identifier. They also tend to be cheaper than other types of vehicle registration plates.
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