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Most Expensive Number Plates

May 30, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A personalised registration can be a great way to say something about you.

Although some number plates are more expensive than others.

Here are the top-five number plates in the UK, followed by the top-five number plates in the world.

The Most Expensive Number Plates in the UK

#1

Plate: F1

Price: lb440,625

Buyer: Afzal Kahn

Owner of car styling company Project Kahn, Mr Kahn has sported his number plate on his Mercedes-McClaren SLR and Bugatti Veyron.11

#2

Plate: S1

Price: lb404,063

Buyer: Anonymous

Bought at Bonhams auction, Chichester, the bidder was reported to have said it would adorn their “old red Skoda.”

#3

Plate: 1D

Price: lb352,411

Buyer: Nabil Bishara

Property developer Nabil Bishara bought this registration as a surprise for his wife’s Bentley.

#4

Plate: M1

Price: lb331,500

Buyer: Mike McCoomb

A gift for his ten-year-old-son, Mr McCoomb bought this number plate following the lb40 million sale of his mobile phone company.

#5

Plate: VIP 1

Price: lb285,000

Buyer: Roman Abramovich

Chelsea owner and Russian oil oligarch Abramovich chose to put his VIP 1 number plate on his Rolls-Royce Corniche IV.

The Most Expensive Number Plates in the World

Not surprisingly, all of the world’s top-five most expensive number plates were purchased in Abu Dhabi.

#1

Plate: 1

Price: lb7.1m

Saeed Khouri had a very simple explanation for why he spent over lb7 million on a number plate: “I bought it because it’s the best number.”

#2

Plate: 5

Price: lb3.4m

After breaking the world record price for a number plate (at the time) Talal Khouri said that the number 5 meant nothing to him.

#3

Plate: 7

Price: lb3m

The number 7 plate was sold at auction, with a video of the event posted on YouTube.

#4

Plate: 9

Price: lb1.72m

Sold as part of an auction from May 2008, in which 100 number plates went under the hammer in front of 450 people.

#5

Plate: 7

Price: lb1.58m

All of the top 5 number plate sales had the proceeds donated to charity.

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Police Under Pressure to Reveal ‘Secret’ ANPR Locations

Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Sussex police are set to fight a ruling which could require them to reveal the exact location of their secret car-tracking cameras.

The roads of Sussex are currently monitored by the police force’s automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, tracking millions of number plates every year.

The amount of ANPR cameras and their locations has always been kept a secret, with some experts believing that criminal investigations may be damaged.

With the information on where every ANPR camera is located, criminals could easily plan their routes to remain undetected.

However, following an information ruling, the secret information may have to be released to all who request it.

An attempt to appeal the decision is under way by Sussex police and the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo).

Steven Mathieson, news editor at Guardian Government Computing has been pursuing a two-year battle to find out the locations of the cameras under the Freedom of Information Act.

The move was blocked and Mr Mathieson made a further appeal to the Information Rights Tribunal, which found in his favour.

The technology currently benefits police forces in many ways, including the interception of vehicles with a history of criminal activity, intelligence gathering and tracing missing and vulnerable people.

During 2009, Sussex police force performed 233 million vehicle number plate checks.

There are thousands of personalised registrations available to choose from, with some of the best going under the hammer at the DVLA‘s national number plate auctions.

The next auction takes place at the Williams F1 Conference Centre, Wantage, Oxfordshire on 27th, 28th and 29th July.

Just call 01642 363738 and let the friendly advisers at Nationla Numbers help you to find the perfect number plate.

You can even take advantage of Nationla Numbers’ bidding service, ensuring that the experts find you the perfect plate for a price that suits your budget.

Motorists Reminded to Insure their Vehicles

Posted in DVLA News — Written by matthew.smith

A new law will soon be in place, enforcing all motorists to insure their vehicles.

People are being encouraged through nationwide advertising campaigns to make sure their vehicles are insured when the law comes into effect on 20 June.

Approximately 1.4 million motorists are without insurance and could find themselves facing a fine, whether they’ve driven or not.

Uninsured drivers aren’t prosecuted unless they have been driving under the current system.

The changes are expected to greatly alleviate the drain on police time.

While police operate automatic number plate recognition technology, uninsured driver numbers will be drastically cut.

Those who choose not to insure their vehicles will be sent a letter, and if no action is taken to acquire insurance, fined lb100 with the threat of court action.

If the motorist still fails to obtain insurance, regardless of whether the fine was paid, an additional fine of lb1,000 may be issued.

However, those who declared their vehicle as off the road will not be fined.

Mike Penning, Road Safety minister, explained why it is important to clamp down on uninsured drivers: “Uninsured drivers are a danger on our roads, killing 160 and injuring a further 23,000 people each year, and they cost honest motorists lb500m in extra premiums.

“That is why we are introducing this tough new law which will leave uninsured drivers with nowhere to hide.

“Our message is clear – get insured or face a fine, court action or seeing your car seized and destroyed.”

Chief executive at the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, Ashton West, believes the “stepping up of enforcement activity” is a step in the right direction.

He added: “Now the registered keeper must make sure that their vehicle is insured all the time,” he revealed.

“Around four percent of vehicles have no motor insurance at any given time, and this needs to change so that is why this new enforcement approach is so important.”

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Motorist With 39 Penalty Points Still Driving

May 17, 2011
Posted in DVLA News — Written by matthew.smith

A motorist in Swindon is still legally allowed on the road, despite amassing a staggering 39 penalty points, the most in Great Britain.

Throughout Dorset, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, 638 drivers were found to have 12 or more points and allowed to remain on the roads.

The data emerges from a Freedom of Information request made by BBC West and doesn’t give the Swindon driver’s name or offences.

The decision to disqualify a driver is made in the courts once 12 points are reached.

Elliot Griffiths of the Magistrates’s Association believes that some things need reassessing.

“I accept that something appears to be wrong with [the Swindon case's figures] and they need to be looked at,” he explained.

“I can’t even conceive how somebody can have 20, 30, 40 points and not be disqualified.

“I can’t work it out. I’d be very interested to see how it happened.”

Cath Harley, speaking on behalf of road safety charity Brake, found the figure to be “shocking”.

“It’s completely unacceptable that people are clocking up to 39 points on their licence,” she revealed.

“Again this is a risk to other road users and it’s absolutely vital that people who exceed 12 points on their licence do in fact receive a driving ban.”

If a ban would result in exceptional hardship, the courts may exercise discretion and choose not to disqualify the driver.

According to the DVLA, a “small percentage of cases where the driver has accumulated 12 or more penalty points,” may result in the driver keeping their licence.

There are thousands of personalised registrations to choose from at the DVLA’s number plate auctions.

The next DVLA auction takes place at the Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire on 26th, 27th and 28th May 2011 and Nationla Numbers can help you every step of the way.

To get a great number plate for a price you can afford, contact the experts at Nationla Numbers on

DVLA Reveals Over 500 Drive With 12 Penalty Points In Wales

Posted in DVLA News — Written by matthew.smith

It has been revealed that 579 motorists in Wales are legally allowed to continue on the roads, despite amassing 12 or more penalty points.

Surprisingly, three people continue to use the roads legally with at least 24 points on their record.

Under normal circumstances, twelve points results in a temporary driving ban unless exception hardship will result.

Following a Freedom of Information request from BBC Wales to the DVLA, 579 drivers in Wales had 12 penalty points or more on 2nd April, 2011.

According to the DVLA, the decision to disqualify a driver is left to the courts.

Head of road safety at the AA, Andrew Howard, can see both sides of the argument.

“You can’t see why these people are repeatedly doing it – you should be able to see it coming,” he explained.

“The idea is that people get warned for this along the way and see their points totting up. The idea is to clamp down on repeat offenders.

“If you’re a repeat offender and you drive for a living, that’s not an excuse.

“Whether speed cameras have made some magistrates more sympathetic to the repeat offenders has to be the key question.”

The number of disqualifications in Wales has been dropping over recent years.

In 2010 disqualifications fell below 8,000 from over 10,000 in 2009 and over 11,00 in 2008.

The DVLA feel that the blame shouldn’t be placed on their shoulders.

“The courts are able to use their discretion to decide whether to disqualify a driver,” explained a DVLA spokesperson.

“The DVLA’s role is to record the information provided by the courts.

“We have recently concluded a comprehensive review into how we communicate with the courts, and will implement any necessary changes to make sure that there are rigorous processes in place so that only those who are entitled to drive are allowed to hold a licence.”

The DVLA has announced that the 61 series of registrations are available to buy from Monday 6 June.

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DVLA Teams Up With Home Move Box

Posted in DVLA News — Written by matthew.smith

The DVLA has joined forces with Home Move Box to help motorists during the difficult period of moving home.

The Home Move Box service helps home movers to settle into their new property, providing a free box of essential items and information to make the move easier.

Within the Home Move Box, the DVLA has included information to advise people that their driving licence and vehicle registration certificate must be updated.

“This is a really good example of how DVLA works in partnership with the private sector to get important messages out to the right people at the right time,” explained David Evans, Director of Corporate Affairs at the DVLA.

“Moving house is a very busy and exciting time with lots to plan and do, but it’s important not to forget to let us know that you have moved.

“By working together with Home Move Box, we hope new home movers will find the information leaflets a useful and timely reminder to update their address details with us – just click on www. direct.gov.uk/changeofaddress

“We are grateful to Home Move Box for allowing us to include our leaflets in their welcome packs.”

Charles Wasdell, Director at Home Move Box, fully supports the cooperation from the DVLA: “At Home Move Box we aim to make life a bit easier for home movers by providing them with all the essential tools they need on the day they move in.

“There are so many things to organise when you move home, it’s easy to forget to do those seemingly little, but very vital things, such as updating your driving licence.

“With over 20,000 Home Move Boxes being delivered to new households every month, we hope the DVLA’s leaflet will prompt more home movers to update their licence as soon as they have moved.”

If you’re looking for a unique number plate, contact Nationla Numbers on 01642 363738 and let the expert advisers guide you to the perfect personalised registration.