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Number Plates for Tokyo Cyclists

June 30, 2012
Posted in Registration Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

Cyclists in Tokyo might be expected to display number plates like other motorists, according to government reports.

It is proposed that number plates will improve etiquette between commuters, thus lowering accidents.

Bicycle number plates will be registered just like their car counterparts; each unit will be attached to a unique number so it can be found if stolen or involved in an accident or crime.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government put forward a panel of experts from the field of traffic safety to outline the idea.

Shigeru Morichi, a Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, who took charge in the panel, believes that the move would help control the rising number of cycling accidents in the city.

The idea will be discussed further in September, it will be the latest in Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s attempt to improve cycling conditions in the capital.

It is suggested that the earthquake disaster of last year, which left many people stranded and caused the transport system to shutdown temporarily, has lead to the increase in cyclists which in turn has lead to the increase in bike-related accidents.

Tighter regulations were enforced as a result, restricting cyclists to the left-hand side of the road.

Colour-coded cycling lanes have also been proposed in the past.

Plate-reading Cameras will Catch Criminals

Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Staffordshire County Council plans to make a lb200,000 investment in Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in hopes of reducing crime.

The cameras will be used to detect tax-dodging drivers as well as cars linked to criminal activity.

“The high-tech cameras have proved successful in the UK and will now go up on routes across Staffordshire to combat travelling criminals as well as motorists who do not tax or insure their vehicles,” a police spokesman said.

The joint venture with Staffordshire Police will bring 13 fixed and eight mobile ANPR units to the area.

Robbie Marshall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Infrastructure, believes the cameras will send out a clear message.

“We are on to you, whether they are trying to get away without a tax disc or are intent on coming to Staffordshire to cause trouble.”

Marshall continues: “The is one of a number of measures we will be introducing with partners, including the police, to reduce crime and fear of crime so that people in Staffordshire can live safely.”

ANPR cameras will recognise a vehicle registrations linked to known offenders and feed that information back to police.

Chief Superintendent Jon Drake, County Policing Commander, said: “This technology, combined with an intelligence-led approach, will help us stop many criminals from targeting the county and allow us to track and catch those who do.”

EU Car Registrations Hit the Brakes

June 21, 2012
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Demand for new vehicles has fallen sharply across the European Union in May, reflecting a downturn of buyer confidence in the wake of the current economic crisis.

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association said the number of new car registrations have dropped by 8.7% to 1,106,845 vehicles in total during the month of May.

The biggest crash was France who went into a 16.2% decline, followed closely by Italy, which had a 14.3% fall.

The UK were the only survivors, growing 7.9% in the same time.

Total sales across the entire European Union over five-months fell to 5,442,326 vehicles, down 7.7%.

France even suffered a 18.1% reduction in Peugeot and Citroen cars, falling 18.1% (72,114) and 21.1% (60,447) respectively.

Germany meanwhile fell 4.8% – including a 7.8% drop in Volkswagen (142,628) and a 3.7% drop in BMW (56,883) – despite an overall rise of 0.3% in the first five months of the year.

Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat, is calling for the EUR500m (lb406m) European capital investment to be reduced following the disappointing figures.

Jaguar Land Rover sales, however, are up 34.5%, showing that the UK car market is the strongest currently in Europe.

DVLA Score lb4.7m with Auction

June 15, 2012
Posted in Auctions — Written by Nationla Numbers

The recent number plate auction proved to be a great success for the DVLA who bagged lb4.7 million from the proceedings.

“Once again we have been left stunned by the tremendous level of interest in our sale”, said Jody Davies, personalised registrations events manager for the DVLA.

The auction had a distinctively British feel themed on the big patriotic events of the summer, including the Jubilee, the Euros and the Olympics.

The big winners were EN61 AND and HO11 AND, which sold for lb12,000 and lb20,100 respectively.

Olympian Iwan Thomas took bids for REL 44Y and RUN 3R, which fetched lb2,400 between them.

Two royal number plates, PR11 NCE HA12 RRY, where bought for a total of lb21,700.

Other podium-finishers included 80 O (lb35,000), OL11 VER (lb30,000), PO12 TER (lb17,000), 4 HFS (lb15,000), BA11 LEY (lb14,700), and 851 NGH (lb12,000).

“Linking up with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been a real success” continued Jody Davies, “we are really pleased that so many people were able to find their perfect personalised registration.”

MSP Insulted by Council Number Plates

June 13, 2012
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by Nationla Numbers

It is “insulting” that Scottish councils retain ownership of many private number plates, says Green Party MSP Patrick Harvie.

Many councils are struggling in the current economy, MSP Harvie sees the license plates as an unnecessary luxury that can be sold to raise funds.

Number plates like S 0 and S 10, currently owned by Edinburgh council, are believed to be very valuable and could fetch a lot of money at auction.

“It is extraordinary that they wouldn’t at least look at what price they’d get when times are tough,” said Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow.

Most of the number plates are handed down from old district councils. For some it is a matter of tradition and civic pride that the number plates are kept where they are.

Many of the 23 highlighted number plates are worth in access of lb50,000, but some are speculated to be worth as much as lb500,000.

Similar requests to sell off the assets were brought forward in 2010 and again earlier this year, once again lead by the Scottish Green Party.

Steve Burgess, Green party councillor for Southside/Newington, said: “With council funding being cut and public facilities being closed down, now is the right time to sell off the council’s truly useless assets and raise much needed funds.

“Any council hoarding a number plate worth half a million pounds has got its priorities wrong.”

Police & Halfords Tag Team Against Registration Thieves

June 11, 2012

Loughborough police will attempt to tackle number plate crime with the help of the local Halfords.

“Since the start of the year we have had 23 incidents where vehicle registration plates have been stolen”, said PCSO Anthony Brewin, who is overseeing the initiative.

“Number plate thefts continue to be a problem nationally and have increased in recent years. This is partly due to an increase in the use of speed cameras, rise in petrol costs and charges for use of certain roads.”

Stolen or cloned registrations have been used in the past to disguise stolen vehicles, petrol theft, speeding and illegal parking.

Drivers can prevent number plate theft with tamper-proof screws, these will be offered as part of a free-fitting service.

“We realise that the theft of number plates can be a huge inconvenience to motorists”, says Steve Taylor of the Loughborough branch, “we are delighted to be working with Loughborough Police to help prevent this happening in future.”

Halfords are commended by the Loughborough police force for their assistance. The national retailer is even bringing in additional staff to help with the programme.

“We are really pleased that the local branch of Halfords have agreed to help us reduce crime in this area” said PCSO Anthony Brewin.

WA11 KER Pulled from Auction

June 8, 2012
Posted in Auctions,Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

DVLA have been caught with their trousers down as they remove the personalised number plate from the June auction.

The registration had been advertised for weeks before being deemed too offensive for British roads with just over a week until hammer time.

DVLA say they originally included the number plate “in salute of the race walking fraternity” as well as for the popular surname, Walker, but later said:

“This is something we would not tolerate and as such the decision was taken to withdraw it from the sale.”

Offensive plates usually do not get issued, the DVLA are even known to take back inappropriate registrations, so it is wondered why it took them this long to realise their mistake or if public complaints prompted the removal.

“It is a very good number plate for the surname” says Eric Craggs, the Chairman of Nationla Numbers. “We have received a lot of interest from customers and I imagine it could have gone for a lot of money.”

The last Walker number at auction was “W41 KER”. It sold for lb16,000 in 2000.

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Iwan Runs the Show

Posted in Auctions — Written by Nationla Numbers
Iwan Thomas sporting the two number plates.

Iwan Thomas sporting the two number plates.

British sprinting icon, Iwan Thomas, was handed the baton at today’s DVLA auction as he took bids on two number plates.

The world of personalised reg plates is fast-paced and highly competitive, but the Olympic Silver-medallist didn’t false start under the pressure.

The record-holding athlete later said he was “not going to give up the day job just yet”, though the crowd would gladly welcome him back again.

Iwan Thomas, MBE, auctioned-off RUN 3R and REL 44Y, each going for lb1,900 and lb500 respectively.

The London auction has an Olympic-theme with such registrations as EN61 AND, HAM 333R, RUN 100M and many more put up for sale.

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