Electronic Number Plates A Possibility
New electronic number plates will be issued starting next month, about three months later than the Cayman Islands government initially planned.
The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing announced Monday that some 2,400 temporary vehicle tags that have been issued in recent months will all be replaced in May. The temporary tags were issued in anticipation of the upcoming effort to switch to the electronic number plate devices.
After May, the department will begin replacing the older license plates and vehicle registrations free of charge when drivers bring in their vehicles for the typical registration renewal.
The new registration plates, which have the numbers stamped at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing facility, are “tamper proof” – they cannot be removed for use on other vehicles.
In addition to the new license plates, corresponding vehicle registration coupons must be installed inside the windscreen. There are specific instructions for doing this, which the department said will be provided with the new license plates.
“I thank the public for their patience,” DVDL Director David Dixon said Monday, adding that the license plate vendor, Tonnjes, has been in Cayman recently, managing the setup of the new licensing system.
The electronic vehicle licensing system has generated significant controversy since its implementation was announced in the Legislative Assembly last summer. The new system cost $1.5 million, according to the vehicles department.
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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