Popular Number Plates
When it comes to car number plates, Californians have several to choose from that can depict everything from a dancing Snoopy to a majestic whale tale to a fire fighter.
But by far the most popular number plate to be attached to the state’s cars is a throwback to the 60s – that has no imagery at all - but rather just bold, gold letters on a black background.
According to The New York Times, the “California 1960s legacy number plate” is the special number plate desired by more Golden State drivers than any other.
More than 230,000 of the placards, first issued in the decade when Fred Flintstone was having a yabba dabba doo time and muscle cars ruled the road, have been sold since the Department of Motor Vehicles reintroduced them in 2015.
The “Have a heart, Be a star, Help our KIDS” plate, that can include a handprint, a heart or star is second on the list with 91,000 and the third most popular is the majestic whale tail with 67,000, the Times reported.
Then-Assemblyman Mike Gatto wrote the bill that created the legacy plate program in 2012 so that classic car owners could have a plate that reflected the years their vehicles rolled off the assembly line.
But the number plates are showing up on cars of all makes and models and years.
Why are they so popular? “Because they look so cool,” wrote Gary Richards of The Mercury News last year.
The DMV began issuing the plates once the agency had received 7,500 preorders, the number needed for them to be manufactured. (Alas, 1950s and 1970s fans, those decades were also going to be available but neither hit the above magic number.)
The replica number plates, which are produced at Folsom State Prison, cost $50 and can be ordered for any year vehicle. More info can be found here. Proceeds from the sales go to the Environmental License Plate fund, which benefits environmental projects in the state.
More Britons are personalizing their car number plates than ever before, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). In the past year, the Treasury made a record total of £102 million — £15 million more than 2014-2015 from an estimated 335,000 registration plates purchased by drivers in the U.K.
The DVLA started selling personalised number plates in 1990, with just 77,745 purchased between 1995-96 — four times less than today. At present, the DVLA boasts 47 million plates on offer to drivers across the country, which can be bought online or at auctions.
The DVLA says almost 335,000 registrations were sold in the last year – more than four times the figure in the mid-Nineties.
A spokesman for the AA welcomed the news, saying: “It puts a smile on people’s faces and raises money for the exchequer – what’s there to complain about?
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