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Can someone please explain this numberplate format?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Hate, 10 Mar 2006.

  1. Hate

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Sussex

    LETTER LETTER <space> NUMBER NUMBER NUMBER NUMBER

    i.e

    "AB 1234"

    The garage I'm getting my celica from has a load of these that he said they let you "borrow" while your car is being registered in the UK.

    Is this legal? Its a regular numberplate and not trade plates
     
  2. Bug One

    Capodecina

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    Location: Sandwich, Kent

    Isle of Mann?
     
  3. Jez

    Caporegime

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    While this thread is going, what is 123 A 123

    Seem to be a few round where i live, and appear to have UK road tax etc so not foriegn :confused:
     
  4. MrMatteh

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Essex

    that looks close to the format for diplomatic plates! :o

    edit: 123 X 123 *is* diplomatic
     
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  5. Rotty

    Don

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    Location: Notts

    just an old UK plate
     
  6. Jez

    Caporegime

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    Ive seen quite a few and they are on really random cars like an old subaru legacy for example!
     
  7. leigho

    Gangster

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    I think Diplomatic plates will always have a D in the middle rather than any letter.
     
  8. Hate

    Soldato

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    Location: Sussex

    yeah, ubt whats the legality should i drive around for a week with them on? or am I gonna have to wait for my celica's logbook to come through with its UK registration on it?
     
  9. Rotty

    Don

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    Location: Notts


    if its regsitered to the car then it's legal , surely it's going to cost them 80 quid to do this though :confused:
     
  10. Hate

    Soldato

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    Location: Sussex

    I asked the dealer

    its apparently a pool of plates registered to the garage for use on test drives
     
  11. Rotty

    Don

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    Location: Notts


    never heard of that one before (other than trade plates)
     
  12. Sputnik II

    Mobster

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    Sounds to me like they have a batch of 'moody' plates made for display purposes only that they use on the road. I'm 99.9% certain that they are illegal simple because you can't tax a car without it being properly registered. unless you are driving it on 'real' trade plates which means the plates themselves are taxed for road use (I think?)
     
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  13. Hate

    Soldato

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    Location: Sussex

    ah who knows, all i know is im only picking up the car after its been registered
     
  14. Greg

    Sgarrista

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    all diplomatic cars have the format 123 D 123

    The first three numbers are the country of origin, and the last three are unique to that car.

    Thats only the format for this country