Now, get your favourite number plate online
The RTA announced on Wednesday that customers can now check out both available and unavailable numbers as well as those that are likely to be available in the future.
Sultan Al Marzouqi, director of Vehicle Licensing at the RTA’s Licensing Agency, said: “This service does not only allow customers to enquire and buy the current codes, but also future codes (Up to Z). Customers can log onto RTA’s website (www.rta.ae) by clicking ‘Inquiring about Distinctive Number Plates’ to know about the available numbers and buy them online.”
He added that the system has been developed and programmed to provide information about available and unavailable numbers along with their prices.
The system also enables enquiring about numbers in four different ways: by code, by number of digits, by entering the numbers required, or by the price.
The RTA also offers distinguished number plates through online auction as well as through live auctions, drawing huge interests from enthusiasts with some plates going for millions of dirhams.
Last year, the single-digit plate D5 was auctioned for Dh33 million, the highest priced number in Dubai.
A TOTAL of 58 number plates are due to go under the hammer at Highlands College next week as part of an auction organised by the Infrastructure Department.
During the last two events, the auction raised more than £421,750 with the money going towards buying equipment for Driver and Vehicle Standards – the department’s authority which oversee the registration of the Island’s vehicles.
In 2013 one anonymous individual paid £71,000 for the plate JSY 1.
Infrastructure Minister Eddie Noel said that he was expecting one number plate to receive particular interest from bidders this year.
“Once you’ve bagged that number plate – if it’s a good one it adds value to it. Some are iconic and will be sought after. Some of the best are simple but exquisite.”
The biggest went for £180,000 in May last year – for KR15 HNA – which was a new British record for the most expensive current style personalised registration plate.
Today, plates with just one number and two letters cost an estimated £60,000, 20 times more than the early 1990s, when drivers could expect to pay somewhere between £3,000 to £5,000.
A DVLA spokesman said: “Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and the general sale and auctions remain extremely popular with the public.
“Since we began selling personalised registrations we have raised around £2.3 billion and all the money raised is passed to the Treasury.”
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