5 Digit Reg Plates Now Available
The RTA has launched the next phase of the “Your Memorable Moments on Your Vehicle’s Plate” initiative, meaning you can now pick up U-coded number plates with a personalised date.
The availability of five-digit plates to signify important dates comes hot off the heels of the public auction opened by the RTA earlier this month on a variety of rare, sequential number plates. The RTA says it saw phenomenal uptake of plates coded S or T, so U-coded plates have been released to fulfil demand and celebrate Eid Al-Fitr.
“The Commission launched a new phase of the ‘special moments on your plates’ for code ‘U’,” the RTA said on Twitter. The initiative gives customers the opportunity to choose five number for vehicles, based on dates and important events in their lives. Like birthdays, appointments, date of marriage, graduation and other, during the period of 1967 to 2017.”
You can search for the plate number you’re after and the RTA will provide you with any available plates and the cost for it. U-coded plates will cost approximately Dhs1,620 each for five digits; while plates with fewer digits become far more expensive - sequential three-digit plates go for as much as Dhs500,000!
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Last year, government announced plans to introduce new car licence plates in 2017.
Motoring expert Ciro De Siena says authorities have not given an official date for implementation.
He explains that the changes are in an effort to combat number plate fraud and cloning.
They've added security features to prevent duplication.
Ciro De Siena, motoring expert contributor
In the meantime, here's what you need to know:
The plates will contain a South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification mark on the bottom right and and QR code that contains details of manufacturer.
The plates will carry the South African National Flag and the name of the province underneath.
Plastic number plates will no longer be used and all new number plates will be aluminium.
The new plates will be renewable every 5 years.
De Siena says they will cost at least R250 a pop.
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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