Once again S-P-M group were exhibiting at the European Automechanika Show in Frankfurt.
A forthcoming consultation will float the idea of recognising low-emission cars and vans by issuing them with special number plates. Low-emission cars may soon sport green-coloured number plates under new government plans to promote clean vehicles.
It’s not yet clear which vehicles would be entitled to show the green plates.
While green number plates will be positive PR for low-emission car makers and early adopters of the technology alike, to be truly effective any such initiative will need to at the same time shame the drivers of the most polluting vehicles; an electric or hydrogen-powered vehicle might sport a green plate, but the biggest gas guzzlers would have theirs branded red. Some French cities have already adopted an emissions-based vignette window sticker scheme using a range of six colours that recognises the fact that it is clumsy to simply brand one class of vehicle as being ‘clean’.
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Police forces in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands are stopping motorists and immediately revoking their drivers licences if they fail a series of simple tests.
Every motorist must pass the test before being allowed to carry on with their journey. It is suspected that 1000’s of drivers everyday drive on UK roads with poor eyesight.
If the driver is unable to clearly read a number plate from 20 metres away they will be prevented from proceeding.
Research by DVLA shows that over a quarter of UK motorists have named their car, with 28% of those surveyed saying that they had given their car a name.
‘Doris’, ‘Dave’, ‘Henry’, ‘Betsy’ and ‘Bumble’ were popular choices, with the largest proportion of those who said they named their car coming from the East Midlands (28%). The smallest proportion came from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (1%, 3% and 6% respectively).
Women were almost twice as likely to give their car a name as men (65% and 35% respectively), with the majority of people who said they name their cars aged between 55 and 64 (41% within this age group said they gave their car a name).
The make, model, colour and ‘general look’ of the car were the common reasons given for the choice of name, with Fords, Vauxhalls, Toyotas, BMWs and Hyundais being the makes of vehicle most frequently given a name.
With 87% saying they had bought a personalised registration to match the name they give to their car, this could explain some of the obscure personalised registrations seen on cars.
DVLA Personalised Registrations sales manager Jody Davies said:
We sold DOR 1S, DAV 3S, HEN 2Y and HER 81E in the past, as well as personalised registrations where the meaning and significance seems much less obvious. It’s no surprise to find that people want to say something about their car in this way – whether the name is something personal to them or a bit of fun that they want to share with others.
Personalised registrations can be sold at auction for varying – and sometimes very large – amounts of money, but online they start from £250 so getting the ideal plate for your car could be less expensive than you may have thought.
In the last financial year 2017 to 2018, the sale of personalised registrations by DVLA raised over £160 million for HM Treasury. With around 50 million personalised registrations for sale on DVLA’s website, motorists can find out if their car’s name is available with just a few clicks.
Notes to editors
The personalised registrations referred to in the text were sold by DVLA at auction as follows:
- DOR 1S – £6,800 September 1990
- DAV 3S – £9,100 September 1999
- HER 81E – £7,000 January 2003
- HEN 2Y – £6,300 June 2005
The prices quoted above do not include VAT on the ‘hammer price’ listed; the buyer’s premium (+VAT) and DVLA assignment fees.
For the financial year 2017 to 2018, the sale of personalised registrations by DVLA generated £161,902,560 revenue for HM Treasury, including VAT and assignment fees.
Names that appeared more than once were:
- The Beast
- Herb / Herbie
Click here to access DVLA Press release https://www.gov.uk/government/news/over-a-quarter-of-uk-motorists-name-their-cars-according-to-new-research
Large fines for online number plate supplier
Staff at internet based business number1showplates has been prosecuted for making and supplying illegal number plates. They have been ordered to pay Milton Keynes Council £200,000 in prosecution costs, received suspended prison sentances and made to carry out 240 hours unpaid work as punishment.
Read more at: http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk
Will cars need new number plates?
“probably not” says BBC Europe correspondent Chris Morris, because there’s no EU-wide law on vehicle registration on car number plates, and the EU flag symbol is a voluntary identifier and not compulsory.
The DVLA says there has been no discussion about what would happen to plates with the flag if the UK voted to leave.
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