Auction Of Distinguished Personalised Number Plates
Two digit and three digit numbers are available for auction on Emirates Auction’s online bidding
The General Directorate of the Sharjah Police has launched an electronic auction for 150 distinguished licence plate numbers for private cars.
The move comes in cooperation with Emirates Auction, the leading company in organising and managing public and online auctions in the Middle East.
The auction, launched by the Sharjah Police and initiated by Emirates Auction, was started last evening via the Emirates Auction website; and features a single two-digit licence plate (No. 77) in addition to a variety of other distinguished numbers for varying plates. There are currently 9 three-digit distinguished number plates up for bidding alongside 71 four-digit plates, and 69 five-digit plates.
The auction, which will conclude Saturday evening, features the following specialised numbers: three digits (555, 600, and 155); four digits (1001, 3000, 5050, and 8484); and five digits (10000, 11111, 15000, and 26000). The auction additionally includes several other numbers for those who wish to purchase special licence plates numbers.
Brigadier General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, said that offering this new selection of distinguished numbers for licence plates via an online auction is part of Sharjah Police’s commitment to making citizens and residents, who are interested in owning licence plates with special numbers, happy.
The auction will conclude on Saturday evening.
Participation in the auction requires registering on the website or via the app. The minimum bid for a licence plate runs between Dh200 and Dh1,000, with a deposit of 20 per cent of the bid limit required via bank deposit or cash transfer. A payment completion bill and certificate of full ownership for the number will be issued following the conclusion of the auction. Winners of the auction are entitled to waive their rights of ownership to a third party following receipt of the certificate of ownership. It should be noted that an additional five minutes are given following each bid price in order to allow other competitors to bid up until the conclusion of the auction.
“Our traffic policemen have been given orders to check vehicles with such illegal number plates while on duty. The plates are modified with radium stickers and have names and various symbols on them. The RTO registration number is changed into word such as ‘dada, saheb, Maratha or ‘thakur’ written in Marathi. Traffic cops, after fining the person, immediately tell them to remove the number plate from the vehicle,” added Morale.
The main hub for getting these number plates made is at the auto market in Nana Peth. One of the shop-owners, requesting anonymity, told Mirror, “Customers want their number plates to be more attractive. Someone wants their name, or a message or a symbol. Though it is illegal, around 100 such number plates are created at this market every day.”
However, vehicle owners who are being fined were quick to defend themselves. Biker owner Sagar Abnawe said, “I am a devotee of Sai Baba and had a number plate made with ‘Sai’ written on it. It’s a matter of personal interest, but the RTO registration number was written next to the word. Yet, cops took action against me and I was told to remove the number plate.”
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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