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Nationla Numbers Launches iPhone Number Plate Search App

January 27, 2010
Posted in Nationla Numbers News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Nationla Numbers iPhone appLast week we launched our fantastic number plate search app for iPhone! The app sits alongside our web site, giving you even more ways to search and enquire on personalised number plates not just whenever, but wherever you choose.

The number plate search app is perfect for busy people. It takes less than five seconds to search over 30 million registrations (all from the palm of your hand!). Or browse popular number plate categories to get inspiring ideas and helpful suggestions.

The app updates in real-time, which means that our best plates are available to view right away. If we are unable to find a suitable registration, let us help by choosing to phone our experienced sales team, who can search for you.

We are proud to announce that the app is the first of its kind to be offered to number plate buyers.

We are offering the app completely free of charge to iPhone users’.

Eric Craggs, Chairman of Nationla Numbers said, “Nationla Numbers like to push the boundaries in the number plate industry. We wanted to make our vast database available to everyone, wherever they are. Launching the world’s one-and-only number plate search using an iPhone application seemed the logical way to do it”.

To download yours now, simply follow the link to the Nationla Numbers Number Plate Search App in the iTunes Web Store.


DVLA Competition to Win Supercar Track Day

January 13, 2010
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

The DVLA has teamed up with Everyman (I hope that includes women, too!) to offer 25 people the chance to win a supercar racing day experience.

DVLA number plate matching game

The track day winners will enjoy getting behind the wheel of a car from Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Aston Martin, at a leading race track in the UK.

The competition is part of DVLA’s Plate Match game and can be entered online. Entering is as simple as visiting the DVLA’s web site, playing the game, entering your contact details, and crossing your fingers until the 29th January!

If you’re going to the Autosport Show on 14th – 17th January at the NEC, Birmingham, you can play the game via DVLA’s stand in Hall 20.

The game involves matching cars to their most suitable number plate. Luckily I got all matches correct (I’d be worried if I didn’t!).

Have a go, and good luck! But please don’t rub my nose in it if you’re lucky enough to win!


Government Guidance on DVLA Wording Slammed by Industry

January 4, 2010
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

using a computerNew guidelines issued by a Government agency outlining the language to be used by employees of the Highways Agency and DVLA has advised against the use of the word ‘motorist’, and several other phrases.

The guidance has met with a negative reaction from the motoring industry.

The guidelines advise employees to replace certain phrases with phrases that may be perceived as more inclusive to general road users. The use of some negative and informal phrases has also been advised against.

The guidelines, released by the Department for Transport following a Freedom of Information request, advise employees not to slip into using ‘jargon’ and to think of customers “out there on the network”. The guidance also includes the sections “How do we sound human?”, “How do we sound helpful?” and “How do we sound active?”

Employees of DVLA have been asked not to use “unfortunately” along with the phrases “I’m afraid …”, “not possible” and “I can’t”.

Peter Roberts of the Drivers’ Alliance said: “This is an absurd and typically overly-bureaucratic piece of guidance that just goes to reinforce the belief that this Government has an ideological hatred of motorists and anything to do with the motor vehicle“.

James May, the television presenter, slammed the guidelines as a “complete waste of time and money”.

When asked about the ban on the word “motorists”, a spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said: “The dictionary definition of a motorist is a car driver. As an agency we target all road users, including those in vans, buses and on motorcycles, not just those that travel in cars. The word ‘driver’ is a more inclusive term”.

What do you think? Is this guidance a step in the right direction to remove negative and non-inclusive language from communications with such agencies, or bureaucratic red tape? Have your say in our comments!

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