Reg Plates Number Plates And Their Origins
Would you like your birthday, wedding, graduation or employment day reflected on your car plate? It's possible.
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a new phase called of 'Your Memorable Moments on Your Vehicle's Plate' initiative for U-Coded plates. The initiative avails the opportunity for customers to choose five-digit plates bearing this code personalised to resemble important events in their lives such as birthday, employment, wedding and graduation day, among others, according to the RTA.
The available numbers relate to the period from 1967 to 2017. The cost of the special plate is Dh1,620 each and customers can buy their number plates from RTA Customers Happiness Centres all over Dubai, service providers, strategic partners, RTA website (www.rta.ae), or the smart app 'Drivers & Vehicles.'
"This stage fits well with the intention of adding to people's happiness in Ramadan and the joyous Eid al-Fitr," said Sultan Al Marzouqi, director of vehicles licensing at RTA's Licensing Agency.
"This phase, of 'Your Memorable Moments on Your Vehicle's Plate' initiative, follows the remarkable turnout seen by previous phases of Code "S" and "T" for the dates from 1981 to 1998. This initiative reflects the core role of RTA in providing new and premium services to raise customers' satisfaction and happiness through engaging them in selecting personalised & important numbers for their vehicle plates," concluded Al Marzouqi.
Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy informed the Assembly on Thursday that the state government would step up the drive to remove illegal number plates from vehicles.
He was replying to a query raised by BJP MLA Suresh Kumar.
Kumar said he recently spotted a vehicle at the Vidhana Soudha, which had the title “Founder & President, National Human Rights, Anti-Corruption Wing, Delhi” printed on its registration plate.
This, Kumar said, was in gross violation of the rules and sought to know why the traffic police or the transport department had failed to take action.
On June 13, Kumar had posted pictures of the vehicle on his Facebook page.
In his reply, Reddy said leaders of all political parties, organisations such as Raitha Sangha, Rakshana Vedike, BBMP members and members of local bodies, among others, write the name of their organisation and the position they hold on the number plate. “This is wrong,” Reddy admitted.
The minister also said the transport department has barely 350 inspectors. Of these, half of them are engaged in office work. “I will take up the issue with the home minister. We must explore the possibility of imposing a higher penalty,” he said.
Kumar said, at the least, action should have been taken when such a vehicle was spotted at the Vidhana Soudha.
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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