Bahrain First Reg Plates Up For Sale By Auction
Bahrain to introduce private number plates for auction on the 08/04/2017
Manama, Ministry of Interior Undersecretary Shaikh Nasser bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, today announced that as part of the directives of Interior Minister Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, work is underway to introduced special new private vehicle number plates in the Kingdom’s first auction of registration plates.
He stressed that this step is in line with the Kingdom’s commitment to the principles of competitiveness, fairness and sustainability.
The first auction of number plates will be administered by a government company in which the revenues will be referred to the Ministry of Finance. Following the sale of vehicle number at the auction, the General Directorate of Traffic will issue a certificate of ownership to the buyer.
The Interior Ministry Undersecretary clarified that private vehicle number plate already in circulation will remain the property of their current owners, as all the numbers that will be auctioned are new. He said the new auction would provide a simple and accessible for any individual to acquire a private vehicle number plate.
More Britons are personalizing their car number plates than ever before, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). In the past year, the Treasury made a record total of £102 million — £15 million more than 2014-2015 from an estimated 335,000 registration plates purchased by drivers in the U.K.
The DVLA started selling personalised number plates in 1990, with just 77,745 purchased between 1995-96 — four times less than today. At present, the DVLA boasts 47 million plates on offer to drivers across the country, which can be bought online or at auctions.
The DVLA says almost 335,000 registrations were sold in the last year – more than four times the figure in the mid-Nineties.
A spokesman for the AA welcomed the news, saying: “It puts a smile on people’s faces and raises money for the exchequer – what’s there to complain about?
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