A selection of new Guernsey number plates with prefixes 0 and 00, including the famous James Bond number 007, are set to be sold at auction.
Several options had to be considered by the Environment Department prior to introducing new vehicle registration marks.
Adding letters would seriously affect a “unique aspect of Guernsey life”; a number only island.
The new registration numbers could yield in excess of lb1m for the island, according to auctioneer Clive Maides.
All eyes are going to be on the number plate baring 007; the number made famous by fictional spy James Bond.
The Environment Department will release the new plates over several years in a non-numerical order.
“Introducing the new plates involved an examination of the legal issues as well as consideration of the impact extending the registration marks would have on existing marks.
“The vehicle registration database software has also had to be amended to bring 0 and 00 prefix numbers into the stock of numbers.
Unfortunately, the numbers one and two are reserved for and used by the island’s bailiff and lieutenant governor.
“Registration marks containing the digit one, two – and to a lesser extent three – have a special status in Guernsey and hence the decision has been taken not to issue marks 01, 001, 02, 002, 03 or 003.”
Elsewhere in the UK, it has been revealed that number plates containing the letter Z seem to be bad luck.
Based upon the final three letters in number plates, insurance firm Elephant.co.uk analysed almost 650,000 accident claims.
Findings found that NCZ, AWZ and AAZ appeared in the top five “at-fault” claims, while RMZ and NZZ appeared in the top five “non-fault” claims.
Managing director at Elephant.co.uk isn’t taking the findings too seriously, though.
“I’m sure this is just a coincidence – we’ve got no plans to charge more for some registrations as a result,” he explained.
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