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 close a series of letters or numbers are to a real name of word: if the match quality is high (and the numbers and letters are very convincing in making a popular word), the value of the registration plate will be higher. This means that a match like 5IMON, for the name Simon, will be worth a lot more than a more obscure set of letters and numbers that are not as convincing a match, such as S17 MMM for the name Sam.
The style of the plate: this means establishing if it is a new-style plate, an older-style format or if it is dateless or Irish, for instance. Other options are that it is a prefix-style plate or a suffix-style plate. New-style number plates, which have been produced since 2001, tend to be the least valuable because they are a bit less appealing to some collectors, plus the rule about not having plates that are newer than your car can also come into play, putting people off from buying a newer-style plate for their older car. Prefix-style number plates, which were in production between 1983 and 2001 can be more popular as more vehicles are entitled to have those licence numbers, and they may have fewer characters in total. Suffix-style plates, issued from 1963 to 1983 are relatively rare, which means they can attract higher prices than prefix-style plates and newer designs. Dateless number plates, also known as cherished number plates, were produced between 1903 and 1963 and are nearly always the most valuable number plate configurations; they have fewer digits and their dateless nature means that people can hide the age of their car. Irish number plates are similar to dateless number plates, especially because they don’t have a year identifier. They also tend to be cheaper than other types of vehicle registration plates.
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