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The River Dart has just missed out on being Devon’s car number plate icon.
The magnificent river which runs through Totnes was beaten by a cream tea.
The Dart made it to the top five suggestions of what should feature on a Devon car number plate if the UK ever followed the USA which has state personalised number plates.
British vehicle leasing company Leasing Options organised a fun vote to see what people across England thought should be featured on their county number plates.
In Devon, the River Dart came fourth in the top five suggestions, clocking up three percent of the vote.
The Devon cream tea came top with 32 per cent, Dartmoor and beaches joint second with 26 per cent and Powderham Castle fifth with two per cent.
Other key features of Devon which just missed out on the top five included a primrose, Tom Daley and Sir Francis Drake.
Mike Thompson, brand manager at Leasing Options said: “British drivers are passionate about their car aesthetics, but at the end of the day, a Ford Fiesta is a Ford Fiesta, no matter how shiny and clean.
“Using quirky interior accessories is one way to personalise your vehicle, but we believe showcasing your home county through an eye-catching number plate would be an amazing way to show off your home pride.”
Londoners opted for a picture of Big Ben; Merseysiders wanted The Beatles; Tyne and Wear backed the Angel of the North sculpture; Nottinghamshire plumped for Robin Hood; while South Yorkshire people said they would like to be represented by a Yorkshire pudding.
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Another special number plate series is now available for Malaysian motorists, and joins ‘RIMAU‘, ‘PERFECT’, ‘NAAM’, ‘VIP’, and ‘GT’ from 2016 and the ‘PATRIOT’ plate from 2015 on the unique plates list. Officially introduced a couple of months ago, the latest special plate is ‘SMS’, and as usual, the numbers in the series run from SMS 1 to SMS 9999.
The SMS plate is in celebration of the Sultan of Kedah’s two-term reign as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and honours Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah via the initials of the vehicle plate series. The plate has been released by the Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah (YSB) foundation, with the numbers being marketed by Perintis Jerai and issued via the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
The foundation says that main objective of SMS is to raise funds for its cause in helping needy citizens, especially the elderly and children. Fancy SMS-ing your car, then?
The UK in particular has a relationship with personalised number plates. According to estimates by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency), the UK reported an excess of two billion pounds in tax revenue from tax auctions over the past 25 years. As they are keen to state, an expression of interest in a particular plate by three people or more is enough to push the price of that Reg plate through the roof. It has also been documented that the buyers let their hearts take control of their heads when they bid for these plates.
Personalised number plate auctions are constantly rewriting the record books with regard to the highest price paid for a plate. The record currently stands at £518,000 which is quite impressive. The prices of these Regplates does not seem to be slowing down either.
Of particular interest is the recent auction of the highly-hyped 250 C Reg plate which sold for £21,500. This is a clear indication that the expectations for the prices of personalised number plates will continue to increase.
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