Monday 30th December 2019
How much do you know about personalised number plates

As Christmas has passed and we are in the run up to the new year, a reflection on a popular motoring gift, personalised number plates, is in order!

RAC reports:

Here are some interesting and strange facts about personalised plates you might not have known.

1. Last year over 600 people bought a personalised plate between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

90 of those purchased their personalised registration from DVLA on Christmas Day before 9am - talk about a last-minute present...


2. The most expensive personalised registration went for £400,000

According to DVLA data the most expensive car registrations sold in the UK as of July 2019 are:

  • '25 O' for £400,000
  • 1 D' for £285,000

  • '51 NGH' for £201,000

  • '1 RH' for £196,000

  • 'K1 NGS' for £185,000
  • 'KR15 HNA' which sold for £180,000 definitely deserves an honourable mention for creativity.


3. Some letter and number combinations are banned for being rude or inappropriate

There are many that we won't be repeating here, but some of the banned plates include: 'FA** RTY', 'BR18 ERY', 'RO18 BER', 'DR12UNK', 'LE61ESS' and unfortunately given the time of year 'JE55 US'.


4. 28% of UK motorists have named their car

According to the research by DVLA, ‘Doris’, ‘Dave’, ‘Henry’, ‘Betsy’ and ‘Bumble’ are all popular. Out of these car-namers, 87% said they had bought a personalised registration to match the name they give to their car.

Best to make it official, right?


5. DVLA sold more than 32,000 personalised plates between 1 and 25 December 2018

The popularity of these plates seems to show no sign of slowing down, so you might want to grab a good one while you can!


6. Green plates for electric cars which could let them use bus lanes and park for free will be introduced

This government campaign aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of zero tailpipe emission vehicles on UK roads, help their drivers to benefit more easily from local incentives and encourage greater uptake of new vehicle technology.

Just how much these green plate benefits will be adopted by local councils remain to be seen, but you can't deny that these plates will definitely make you stand out!


7. 3 out of 4 motorists said they would prefer a registration that bears their own name

That means a personalised registration with the giftee's name in it may be the ideal present if you're struggling for a stocking-filler.


8. The top 3 search terms on the DVLA Personalised Registrations website are currently ‘Sam’, ‘Dan’ and ‘Tom’

No matter what a person is called they can search for their ideal personalised registration on the DVLA site.


Drivers appear to love personalising their car, and what better way to do this than to purchase a personalised number plate for a car enthusiast?

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