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.
“Once you’ve bagged that number plate – if it’s a good one it adds value to it. Some are iconic and will be sought after. Some of the best are simple but exquisite.”
The biggest went for £180,000 in May last year – for KR15 HNA – which was a new British record for the most expensive current style personalised registration plate.
Today, plates with just one number and two letters cost an estimated £60,000, 20 times more than the early 1990s, when drivers could expect to pay somewhere between £3,000 to £5,000.
A DVLA spokesman said: “Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and the general sale and auctions remain extremely popular with the public.
“Since we began selling personalised registrations we have raised around £2.3 billion and all the money raised is passed to the Treasury.”
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