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.
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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