Reg Plates Issued To Order Special Number Plates
More new special number plates have come about, with the likes of ‘SAM’ and ‘K1M’ joining the ever-growing list of unique plates that includes T1M, A1M, US, SMS, NBOS, NAAM, VIP, G, GT, U, Y, PERFECT and PATRIOT.
The SAM series plate, which runs from SAM 1 to SAM 9999, derives its plate moniker from the Federation of Superbikers Association Malaysia as well as the slogan Saya Anak Malaysia. Bids opened on December 14 last year and closed on December 30, with results of successful bids set to be revealed on January 10.
According to the website, the minimum bidding price for a basic four-digit SAM plate is RM360, moving up to RM35,050 for a platinum single-digit number. As is usually the case, even though the bidding period has ended, interesed parties are likely to be able to buy SAM plates from a few number plate brokers.
The K1M plate, meanwhile, is the shortened form of Kembara 1Malaysia, and the series has a smaller run, working from K1M 1 to K1M 100. The series has been released by Yayasan Wangsa Perdana, with a company called D’City Planners managing all related activities for the special plate series.
Also spotted is a plate series called GTR, though there’s very little info about that one – it’s not known if the new one is a variation of the GT series that was offered by Kelab Eksplorasi 7 Benua Malaysia (KE7B) back in 2016.
However, KR15 HNA and M014 MED have both slipped through the net, with the first selling for £233,000 and the latter expected to fetch more than £100,000 when it goes up for sale.
Plates related to alcohol are also banned, including AL60 HOL, AL60 POP and SL05 HED.
More vulgar terms are also banned, with potential plates including PU15 SSY, UP15 BUM and SH15 TTY all outlawed by the licensing agency.
But less expected banned plates include MA55 MDR, OM63 WTF and OS55 AMA.
The list emerged after a man with the surname Islam applied to the DVLA for an 15LAM plate, but was told it was 'inappropriate'.
As with anything that can be personalised, there are bound to be controversial choices made by drivers over their special number plates.
And the DVLA has put its foot down to prevent some potentially offensive plates appearing out in the real world.
From the obscene to the obscure, an official 46-page report shows that people can drive a PEN 15, but VA61 ANA is inappropriate.
The full list of 'suppressed' car registration plates reveals that the DVLA has attempted to censor some religious references, such as JE55 US, AL14 LAH and 15 LAM.
A Bristol businessman landed himself in court after fabricating a car accident in order to buy a private registration plate.
Miles Savory, a director of an accident claims company based in Hambrook, lied to the DVLA about an accident that never happened just to make contact with the owner of registration plate W1 DOW.
The 40-year-old, of Langley House, Hambrook, claimed the vehicle - belonging to Stephen Bastow - was involved in a collision and failed to stop on January 15 last year.
After being provided with Mr Bastow’s details, Savory wrote to him and asked if he would be interested in selling the plate.
But after growing concerned about how Savory had managed to obtain his personal information, Mr Bastow contacted the DVLA who investigated the bogus accident further and uncovered a number of errors.
Savory pleaded guilty to obtaining Mr Bastow’s personal data between January 31 and March 7 last year at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, January 3.
Asaf Khan, prosecuting on behalf of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), told the court: “The DVLA received a letter from Stephen Bastow, dated March 30, stating he had received a letter from Mr Miles Savory to see if he would sell his private registration plate, W1 DOW.
Anyone can purchase a personalised registration plate from the DVLA or from a private dealer. Prices for a private plate vary from around £50 to thousands of pounds, depending on the number of characters used.
The value of Mr Bastow’s plate was not referenced in court, though plates with similar letters like DOW IX and DOW I7S cost £3,550 and £12,580 respectively.
ICO Head of Enforcement Steve Eckersley commented: “This was an unusual case in many ways, but one which demonstrates the lengths some people will go to in order to get hold of personal information.
“Unlawfully obtaining people’s personal data is a criminal offence and the ICO will not hesitate to take action through the courts to uphold the law and protect people’s rights.”
The DVLA estimates more than £2 billion has been spent at their specialised plate auctions over the past 25 years. The most expensive plate purchased in the UK belongs to Ferrari dealer John Collins, who spent £518,000 on ’25 O’ back in 2014.
The plate is now thought to take pride of place on a Ferrari 250SWB once owned by Eric Clapton, worth around £10 million.
The government’s premier policymaking body NITI Aayog is planning to add green colour number plates to electric vehicles (EV). The government’s think tank has prepared a draft policy on electric vehicles that also suggests three-year free parking and toll waivers, reported by Business Standard.
The draft policy also proposes that residential, shopping, and office complexes will be asked to reserve 10 per cent parking space for EVs.
Currently, the Indian roads have six types of number plates -- vehicles with black numbers on a white background. These are solely used for private purposes and can’t be used for commercial purposes. Cars having yellow number plate with black text are commercial vehicles.
Then, vehicles bearing black number plates with yellow text are available on rent for self-drive. These cars can be used for any commercial purpose, any driver can drive this car without having any commercial license. The cars bear white text on a light blue background are embassy vehicles.
The red coloured plate is used by the President of India and governors of states. And, then the number plates used by military vehicles, which follow a unique numbering system with the first/third character on an upward-pointing arrow.
The country is gearing up for the change with road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari giving a deadline of 2030. And there are two big reasons for this, one rising pollution and other concerns over oil security.
EVs have nil tailpipe emissions. A Niti Aayog report earlier suggested that by betting on shared, connected and EV technologies, India could save 64 per cent of energy demand for road transport and 37 per cent of carbon emissions by 2030. The report had estimated that India could also save $60 billion in diesel and petrol costs by 2030.
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