Are You Confused By Reg Plates And UK Number Plate Formats
UNLESS we get a clear understanding from the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) or the traffic police on the current display of motor vehicle number plates or registration numbers, the public seems lost.
We seem not to understand the correct display of the numbers when you look at the ending of the number with the letters ZM. Certain number plates have the same font like the other letters and numbers, but others the letter ZM is displayed at the right bottom of the number with smaller fonts, while others have the ZM half the size of the letter on the number plates.
I stand to be corrected because I saw an old number plate ABG/ZM at the end. Does it mean that all the old and new number plates need to be migrated to the current display?
Please, RTSA or the traffic police, educate the public.
From the first week of the coming month, the people of the province of Punjab would be able to install fancy number plates on their automobiles. As per the media reports, the Excise and Taxation Department of Punjab would now be permitting the citizens to install vanity number plates on their automobiles from February.
The people would be allowed to buy and select their choice number for their vehicle number plate. Additionally, they would be given an option to select the name and picture of their favourite person to be shown on the number plate.
The authority has even made a website and a mobile application for the ease of people in this regard. The site and the app would soon be operational.
The Excise Department has set up six offices in Lahore city so that the individuals could get their desired number plates directly from the authority by going to the nearest established office.
It is important to mention that the number plates could only be bought from the six offices which the authority has set up. The areas where the offices would be established are Walton Road, Bund Road, DHA, etc.
Other than Lahore the Excise Department has also set up offices in eight other districts, including Faisalabad and Multan, etc for providing the facility to people to display their respective vanity number plates.
While conversing with media the spokesperson of the Excise Department informed that a total of four categories are made and the number plates would be issued under these defined set categories. Under the first two categories—Gold and Platinum—the vanity number plates would be issued to the multinational firms, while under the remaining two categories—Silver and Bronze—the Lahoriites would get their desired number plates.
The concept of vanity number plates is in trend in the United States and the United Kingdom. The government of these countries sell vanity numbers to the citizens in a bid to gain money. So, it is likely, that the government of Punjab is thinking along the same lines.
Bosses at Swansea’s DVLA are reminding sports fans that football-themed licence plates are still available to buy, ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
The move comes on the closing day for ticket applications for this year’s global football showcase event.
Fans of the game are invited to use the Clase-based agency’s website’s search facility to find the perfect football-themed plate for them.
Amongst those still currently available are WO18 RLD, WE18 WON and FR18 NCE.
The licence plates are being offered as an alternative to footballing memorabilia, which can reach sky-high prices.
“Motorists can get into world cup fever straight away with 18 registrations now available.”
Historically, football memorabilia can go for hundreds of thousands of pounds. The most expensive item sold in the UK being an original FA Cup, dating from 1871, which went under the hammer for £420,000 at Christie’s in 2005.
The most expensive items of World Cup football memorabilia ever sold include Nobby Stiles’ 1966 World Cup medal, which sold for £188,200; Pele’s 1970 second-half World Cup final shirt, which sold for £157,750; and Geoff Hurst’s 1966 World Cup final shirt, which reached £91,750.
A spokesman for the DVLA which employs around 5,000 in the city added: “Football fans looking to secure a memento on a smaller budget could pick up a World Cup 2018 inspired personalised registration from DVLA.”
If you’ve always wanted a low-numbered license plate, Thursday might be your best chance to get one.
All remaining reserve plate numbers will be available when the Campbell County Treasurer’s Office opens at 8 a.m. Thursday.
In Campbell County, reserve plates are those numbered 1 through 2500, and people with those plates can keep them year after year instead of having to get a new plate number.
The reserve plates are only up for grabs once every eight years when newly designed state license plates are issued.
Those that aren’t renewed by Jan. 31 are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Campbell County Treasurer Rachael Knust said she hadn’t counted how many plates are available. But she estimated there are about 20 to 25 three-digit plates left, and about 500 plates between 1000 and 2500.
The treasurer’s office has been contacting people with reserve plates, reminding them to come in and renew them, so these numbers could easily be lower on Thursday.
And if you’re hoping to get a single- or two-digit plate for your car, you’re out of luck, because they’ve all been renewed, Knust said.
The reserve plates, particularly the very low-numbered ones, are a symbol of prestige, Knust said.
“If you had a low plate number, it more or less meant you were a native of Campbell County or Wyoming,” she said, adding that some have been passed down through generations.
“People put them in their wills, people have gone to court over them,” she said.
To get a reserve plate, all you have to do is go to the treasurer’s office Thursday, and “whoever’s first in the door, we’ll let them pick what number they want,” Knust said.
Easier said than done, however.
In 2010, on a cold and snowy February morning, more than 70 people lined up outside the courthouse before 8. And Knust recalled that the line didn’t die down until 12:30 p.m. that day.
She said she didn’t know how busy her office will be Thursday, but to make things run as smoothly as possible, it will have two lines that day: one for the reserve plates and one for regular business.
If your vehicle is already licensed, it’s $8 for a new set of plates. Otherwise, there’s no cost involved.
Reserve plates for trucks, trailers, motorcycles, multi-purpose vehicles, house trailers and commercial vehicles also will be available.
How much similar registration plates have sold for recently and in the past: it is always worth looking at what has been going on in the private registration plate market recently to add extra weight to the valuation of your own number plate. It is a market that is not immune from trends, so keep a close eye on what has been selling well and see if your plate has any similar features
The age of the plate: older plates tend to attract higher prices and dateless number plates (the first ones ever issued) normally call for the highest prices on the market
The plate’s rarity: if a lot of similar registration plates were issued, your plate may be less valuable. So, the relative rarity of older, dateless number plates makes them more valuable, as a whole, than newer, dated plates. Similarly, having a private plate with a word or name spelled out on it gives it a degree of rarity that would raise its value.
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