A Car With No Number Plate Displayed
Every tech enthusiast knows what Steve Jobs' favourite outfit was especially for launching a product. Besides his signature black turtleneck, New Balance sneakers, and blue jeans, the Apple founder also had a silver Mercedes SL55 AMG.
Jobs drove his SL55 AMG without a registration number and how he managed to do that without breaking the law is pure genius. Like his company's slogan, Jobs also thinks different and discovered a legal way to drive without the number plate.
Jobs' SL55 AMG was snapped many times, but the car was always registration plate free. Everyone will be now wondering how he managed to do it? Or as a famous person did he obtain a special permit?
The process of getting your hands on a fancy registration number has been tweaked to allow online payments, a move that will spell respite for new vehicle owners in the Capital.
The Transport Department has decided to do away with the current system of depositing a draft after completion of the e-auction process, following which the allotment letter will be sent to the applicant’s email id, an official said.
No more multiple rounds
At present, those applying for a fancy number have to apply through an e-auction system, which was introduced in 2014. After this, the applicant was required to deposit the fee for the allotted number through a draft at Regional Transport Offices (RTO), and in the process had to make rounds of the department.
“The move is intended to bring a transparency in issuing fancy numbers. As per the new system, an applicant can now make payments online through the Transport Department’s website. The practice will reduce human interface at the RTOs,” the official further said.
Last January, e-auction of fancy registration numbers for vehicles had fetched the Delhi government around ₹50 lakh, while the registration number “0001” was sold for ₹7.70 lakh. The registration number “0001”, with a minimum reserved price fixed of ₹5 lakh, is sold through e-auction.
More Britons are personalizing their car number plates than ever before, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). In the past year, the Treasury made a record total of £102 million — £15 million more than 2014-2015 from an estimated 335,000 registration plates purchased by drivers in the U.K.
The DVLA started selling personalised number plates in 1990, with just 77,745 purchased between 1995-96 — four times less than today. At present, the DVLA boasts 47 million plates on offer to drivers across the country, which can be bought online or at auctions.
The DVLA says almost 335,000 registrations were sold in the last year – more than four times the figure in the mid-Nineties.
A spokesman for the AA welcomed the news, saying: “It puts a smile on people’s faces and raises money for the exchequer – what’s there to complain about?
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