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 popular any name or initial it contains is: You are more likely to get good money for a registration plate that spells out a name like 5UE than you are with a more unusual name, simply because there is more demand for Sue (or Dave or Mel) than there would be for Hector, Primrose or Zebedee
How valuable the letters and numbers the plate contains are: in terms of numbers, lower numbers with fewer digits tend to be the most valuable when reselling personalised number plates, making BOB 1 more valuable than BOB 379. Sequential numbers (123, 456 etc.) and repeated numbers (444, 88) are more popular than random combinations, and special occasion numbers like 18 and 21 can also boost a number plate’s value a little. In terms of the letters in a number plate, the likelihood of a series of letters being a name or a person’s initials increases the value of the plate, too.
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