Car Number Plate Bidder Buys The Car Licence Plate VS 1 In Auction
The canton of Valais is 160,100 francs richer after an anonymous bidder bought the car number plate VS 1 in an auction that finished on Tuesday.
The figure is the highest amount ever paid for a vehicle car registration plate in Switzerland and "surpassed expectations", said the cantonal authorities in a statement.
The canton’s road traffic and navigation service (SCN) launched the auction on February 15th with bids open for a month on a number of plates.
The VS 1 plate attracted 17 bidders, with the highest bid coming from a person using the pseudonym Matrans.
His or her 160,100 winning bid breaks the Swiss record previously set in the canton of St Gallen where 135,000 francs was paid for the plate SG 1.
The new owner of VS 1 will remain anonymous for the time being, said the canton. When the car is officially registered with that plate the owner can themselves decide if they wish any publicity.
The auction continues with five new plates, including VS 12 and VS 103, on the platform vs.ch/autos
The amount raised from the Valais’ first ever licence plate auction will go into the canton’s public coffers.
Other rules regarding the registration transfer process that you have to be aware of are concerned with road tax. To start with, the DVLA will not transfer a registration number to a vehicle that is not taxed. Usually, this means the vehicle receiving the registration number must be taxed, although you can still apply for the transfer and include an application for road tax at the same time.
The vehicle that currently has the registration number could have a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) instead of road tax, however, the SORN must be less than 12 months old (i.e. you can’t transfer a registration number from a vehicle that has had two or more SORNs in a row), and the vehicle must not have any breaks in its road tax record, i.e. a period of time when it had neither road tax nor a SORN.
If your SORN doesn’t meet any of these conditions, you will have to get road tax for the vehicle before you can transfer the registration.
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