Embossed Number Plates And Tesla Fun Personalised Plates
Most motorists are well aware that if you are driving behind a Tesla, it will never need to turn off to fill up with diesel or petrol.
But the owner of this brand new Model S has gone the extra mile to drive that message home.
They were spotted cruising through the centre of Manchester in the blue sports car while displaying the personalised number plate NO 67 GAS.
Commuters on Oxford Street saw the distinctive car with its personalised eco message during the morning rush hour.
Tesla cars are fully electric powered so owners can hit the road without paying for any petrol or diesel for as long as the batteries are charged.
Other than the lack of engine noise - and exhaust pipe - the cars can look much like any other fossil-fuelled prestige saloon on the road.
The owner of this Model S - which starts at just over £56,000 - is likely to have spent an extra few hundred pounds to make sure their Tesla stands out.
Other Tesla owners around the world have included coded messages in their registration plates including one in Sweden which read 'OIL LOL' another in France saying 'SHHHHH' and an Australian Tesla with the plate 'BYEOIL'.
The number 67 in the plate seen in Manchester indicates that the car has been registered within the last eight weeks.
Number plates beginning with the letters 'NO' are usually registered in the Newcastle area but motorists elsewhere in the UK can buy distinctive plates such as this direct from the DVLA.
Trevor Case, sales expert at regtransfers.co.uk said the plate would probably have been put up for sale by the DVLA for around £485.
"We do see more demand for personalised plates from owners of prestige cars like the Tesla", said Mr Case.
"They have spent a lot on the car so are happy to spend a bit more to make a statement with the registration plate."
As well as saving on fuel costs, drivers of a Tesla car can benefit from other exemptions such as the London congestion charge.
But under reforms introduced this April, new electric cars with a list price of over £40,000 are no longer fully exempt from vehicle duty - Tesla owners with a 67 reg car will pay no duty for the first year and then £310 for the next five years.
DVLA records show that the number plate NO 67 TAX is still available for registration.
The Department of Transport Management today started distribution of embossed number plates for vehicles on the basis of provincial structure.
Publishing a notice today, DoTM announced it had started accepting online registration for new embossed number plates for vehicles.
The government has begun the process of distributing embossed number plates for vehicles on the basis of provincial structure as per the directive of the erstwhile development committee of the Parliament. The committee had directed the government to do away with the zonal format while issuing embossed number plates.
The committee had reasoned that since the country had already adopted provincial and federal system of governance, embossed number plates in zonal format didn’t make any sense.
“Following the parliamentary committee’s directive, we started accepting applications for embossed number plates under the provincial format today,” said Tok Raj Pandey, spokesperson for DoTM.
Under the new format, vehicles will be issued embossed number plates based on the province they are registered in.
DoTM had begun installing embossed number plates on vehicles belonging to the government and diplomatic agencies on August 20. Following the parliamentary committee’s directive DoTM had to defer its plan to install embossed number plates on private vehicles.
Pandey said the department today opened embossed number plate system for private vehicles. With this, vehicles belonging to the government and diplomatic agencies, as well as private vehicles, can apply for new embossed number plates.
According to DoTM, embossed number plates for motorbikes will cost Rs 2,500, three-wheelers Rs 2,900, light four-wheelers and tractors Rs 3,200, and heavy vehicles Rs 3,600.
To get new embossed number plates, vehicle owners are required to deposit the aforementioned amount at Rastriya Banijya Bank and complete the online registration. After filling online form, customers are required to print the form and submit various documents sought in the form, along with the bank voucher, at the DoTM office. DoTM will then notify the customer via SMS regarding the acceptance of the form and will also notify customers once the embossed number plate of their vehicle is ready.
Customers are then required to get the embossed number plates installed on their vehicles at the Small and Big Vehicle Division of Bagmati Transport Management Office in Ekantakuna.
The embossed number plating system for vehicles is expected to help the government track vehicles, control vehicle thefts and check use of the vehicle in criminal activities.
How much similar registration plates have sold for recently and in the past: it is always worth looking at what has been going on in the private registration plate market recently to add extra weight to the valuation of your own number plate. It is a market that is not immune from trends, so keep a close eye on what has been selling well and see if your plate has any similar features
The age of the plate: older plates tend to attract higher prices and dateless number plates (the first ones ever issued) normally call for the highest prices on the market
The plate’s rarity: if a lot of similar registration plates were issued, your plate may be less valuable. So, the relative rarity of older, dateless number plates makes them more valuable, as a whole, than newer, dated plates. Similarly, having a private plate with a word or name spelled out on it gives it a degree of rarity that would raise its value.
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