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1 BXV Scrapped from Auction

August 31, 2012
Posted in Auctions — Written by Nationla Numbers

DVLA have withdrawn 1 BXV from auction as it has already been issued.

The cherished reg was originally released in 1935 along with other BXV numbers.

As the number plate is not currently showing as registered to a vehicle it is believed that it may have been scrapped or otherwise ‘lost’.

Number plates can only be transferred if on a roadworthy vehicle with valid tax and MOT, or on a valid retention certificate.

Current DVLA law says ‘lost’ number plates cannot be reissued, though as the true owner of any registration it is well within their ability.


An email apologising for any inconvenience was sent to every registered bidder on August 29th.

The auction, which takes place in Surrey, starts on the 6th of Septembers and runs for 3 days.

It is not uncommon for the DVLA to remove certain number plates from sale for various reasons.

At the last DVLA auction the number plate WA11 KER was pulled due to the rude word it can be seen as spelling.


Asbestos found in imported Chinese cars

August 16, 2012
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

A car manufacturer in China is to recall over 15,000 vehicles from Australia due to asbestos.

“We will actively proceed with the recall”, said Shang Yagui of Great Wall Motor Co.

Components meant for the domestic market were mistakenly used on exported models, the company explained.

Ateco Automotive Pty, distributor for Great Wall, had been assured that no vehicles contained asbestos before imports began in 2009.

Owners are warned not to attempt maintenance on the vehicles in case contaminated engines are disturbed.

The 45 UK dealerships that carry the Chinese cars have been assured of their safety.

Barry Robson, president of the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia, said that the discover was “an absolute disgrace”.

“There is a complete ban on asbestos products here in Australia and these people are flaunting it,” he said. “They’ve got to remove those cars off the road. Not every car mechanic will know about this.”

The car making industry has previous used asbestos until it became linked with cancer and respiratory illnesses. It is currently banned in 55 countries including the UK and Australia.

Great Wall is one of China’s biggest car manufacturers, specialising in sports utility vehicles and pick-up trucks. Due to growing competition on home soil the export market has become a large part of the companies focus.

“The export market has been really good for us this year”, Shang Tagui said. “The incident won’t have much impact on our export and overseas expansion plans.”

Daniel Cotterill of Ateco believes that the majority of Great Wall vehicles in Australia will be recalled.

Government to invest lb56m in green car projects

August 6, 2012
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

Low-carbon vehicles will see a huge investment of 56 million pounds, the UK’s innovation agency announced.

Contributions made by both public (lb27m) and private (lb29m) benefactors will be made towards research and development projects to bring low-carbon vehicles to the market faster.

“Accelerating the commercialisation of low-carbon vehicle technologies will help to achieve our challenging climate change targets as well as creating new jobs, and increasing opportunities for UK businesses on the world stage,” said transport minister Norman Baker.

Ford, Nissan, Land Rover and Jaguar will be amongst the car companies receiving the funds to boost projects aiming to reduce the emissions of conventionally fuelled cars as well as improve the production of more efficient electric and hybrid vehicles.

Emissions grew by 26% between 1990 and 2008 in the road transport sector, the European Union Commission found.

Carmakers are in danger of being penalised by huge fines if they do not meet the EU’s carbon emission standards.

The EU Commission plan on becoming more and more strict on the amount of greenhouse gases a new car can emit, though they have not set any laws in stone just yet.

UK lawns at risk as parking spaces at premium

August 3, 2012
Posted in Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

Millions of UK front gardens have been turned into parking spaces, according to recently published research.

Around seven million homes now have their front gardens buried under concrete. That amounts to one-third of the gardens in the country and almost 100 Hyde Parks.

The RAC Foundation report, Spaced Out: Perspectives on Parking Policy, shows that paved plots have doubled in the last couple of decades with 30% in 2011 compared to just 16% in 1991.

Rising concrete conversions are attributed to an inflation of car ownership, growing from 21m in 1991 to 28.5m in 2011. A further increase of 32m is estimated over the next two decades.

“On the face of it parking is an inconsequential act. But it is a hugely emotive topic and providing adequate parking in the right place at the right price is a big challenge for planning authorities”, says Prof Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation.

“We fear councils regard parking provision as an afterthought. Unlike their legal obligation to keep traffic moving there is no law that makes them provide adequate space for stationary cars.”

Further concerns have been voiced by the Committee on Climate Change, who believe the loss of urban green space will have environmental drawbacks.

“Paving over surfaces can also intensify the urban heat island effect, potentially magnifying the effects of heatwaves in cities”, said the Committee spokesperson.

With less ground to soak into rainwater from storms will also increase the danger of flooding in urban areas.

It also presents a threat to local wildlife according to the London Wildlife Trust who found that the capital city was losing 7,410 acres of land per year – the size of two-and-a-half Hyde Parks.

Carlo Laurenzi, the Chief Executive of the Trust, explained: “Front gardens are an incredibly valuable wildlife resource in any urban environment and in London gardens represent 24% of land.”

Parking spaces are at a premium in urban areas of the UK. The English Housing Survey found that cars at stationary for 96% of their lives, with 80% of that accounting for vehicles parked at home.

Councils across England bring in almost half-a-billion pounds of revenue from parking-related charges.