James Bond Private Plates On Motorcycles
A BIKER has been caught by police using a James Bond-inspired gadget to conceal his number plate to avoid speed cameras.
Spanish traffic cops pulled over the motorcyclist after they noticed he was riding without a licence plate.
However, on closer inspection, the modified plate was revealed with tech straight from 007’s garage.
The Swiss rider had the ability to flip up his number plate at the press of a button to hide the reg from police or cameras.
A similar gadget was famously seen on Sean Connery’s Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger.
Bond’s number plate could spin to change to a different number to avoid being followed or tracked.
This rider didn’t quite have the same knack for getting out of trouble as 007, though.
As according to a report on the Catalan police website, using the secret gadget led to the motorcyclist’s downfall after cops in Girona noticed the rider didn’t have a licence plate.
They pursued and pulled over the motorcyclist before noticing the number plate had bizarrely re-appeared.
After a quick search, officers found the activation switch to move the plate up and down to dodge speed cameras.
A ‘runner’ left Shah Alam, Selangor last night, and arrived here as early as 1am just to hand in tender forms for individuals who wish to own the ‘AKU’ series number plates from the state.
Ahmad Saufi Abdul Rahman, 35, brought 73 tender applications sent by dignitaries and businessmen, including several ‘Datuk’.
Having worked as a runner for four years, Ahmad Saufi said the most popular choices were AKU 8055, AKU 1305 and AKU 805.
“I accepted the last tender application at 4pm yesterday. It is undeniable that at the last moment, many people sent in applications bidding for the numbers.
“The minimum amount (of the bids) was RM350 and the highest was RM30,000,” he said when met by Bernama at the Perak Road Transport Department (JPJ) office here, today.
The bidding for the AKU series number plate ended at noon today, after being opened since July 3.
Perak JPJ director Mohd Zawawi Zakaria in a press conference on July 3 said that several registration numbers which were not in the preferred numbers category were popular choices among the public, namely AKU 8055, AKU 1305 and AKU 805.
Meanwhile, a local celebrity on Instagram, Sophia Khan, 24, said it was the first time she had handed in a bid for a licence plate number, and she chose ‘AKU 50’ which symbolised addressing herself as ‘AKU SO’.
Sophia, who is of Malay, Pakistani and Australian origins and has 37,000 followers on Instagram admitted to having bid thousands of Ringgit for the number.
“I hope the number becomes mine,” she said, arriving at the tender box about 30 minutes before the close of the bidding. — Bernama
How close a series of letters or numbers are to a real name of word: if the match quality is high (and the numbers and letters are very convincing in making a popular word), the value of the registration plate will be higher. This means that a match like 5IMON, for the name Simon, will be worth a lot more than a more obscure set of letters and numbers that are not as convincing a match, such as S17 MMM for the name Sam.
The style of the plate: this means establishing if it is a new-style plate, an older-style format or if it is dateless or Irish, for instance. Other options are that it is a prefix-style plate or a suffix-style plate. New-style number plates, which have been produced since 2001, tend to be the least valuable because they are a bit less appealing to some collectors, plus the rule about not having plates that are newer than your car can also come into play, putting people off from buying a newer-style plate for their older car. Prefix-style number plates, which were in production between 1983 and 2001 can be more popular as more vehicles are entitled to have those licence numbers, and they may have fewer characters in total. Suffix-style plates, issued from 1963 to 1983 are relatively rare, which means they can attract higher prices than prefix-style plates and newer designs. Dateless number plates, also known as cherished number plates, were produced between 1903 and 1963 and are nearly always the most valuable number plate configurations; they have fewer digits and their dateless nature means that people can hide the age of their car. Irish number plates are similar to dateless number plates, especially because they don’t have a year identifier. They also tend to be cheaper than other types of vehicle registration plates.
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