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.
“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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