Know About Number Plates

Private number plates are not new with a number of motorists preferring to mirror their personality through letter/word combinations on their vehicle. But, though the registration plates may be customized, there are some criteria and laws that should be fulfilled before a number plate can be sold. Costs can make this process difficult and criteria can vary according to the region. As verified by the Transport Department of SA: people can apply for private number plates for their vehicle with any mixture of alpha- numeric characters of their preference, as long as the number is not offensive and is accessible.

Your selected number / name may not go beyond 7 characters (excluding the regional mark) and should meet the requirements of a standard number plate (for example, it should show the logo of the region) and be shown in the exact way as the standard number plate. The number / name you employ won’t be copied by another person. In this post, we are going to share some most useful information about personalised or private number plates. Please have a look and consider them before making a purchase.

1. what is permitted legally – can I use vulgar / foul letter-word combinations? For example, H@TSEX – GP, BLKSEM – GP

Well, foul or vulgar language is not at all permitted and the licensing officer won’t issue deliberately offensive or vulgar numbers. Please keep in mind that just the combination of alpha-numeric characters are permitted as well as any symbols, for example, @, $, etc. would be prohibited. Compliant embossing gear doesn’t include symbol dyes, which are typically the specific tools that are employed to shape or cut the material of number plate.

2. What’s the cost of a private number plate? Are there various costs based on letters or character?

Basically, cost differs between regions and could be between around R6000 and R1000. Just one alpha-numeric character will cost higher than the utmost of 7 alpha-numerics. The process of application for a private number plate is the similar in every region.

3. Who controls the allocation of number plates? What can drivers or other road users do when they have found an inapt number plate?

The Embosser is a new point of control plus won’t permit the usage of nasty number plates. Public members can also lodge complaints to their neighbouring metro-police if they find a specific private number plate as offensive.

4 what if I wish to sell my car, will it keep the current private plate or can I transfer the same to my new car?

A private number plate becomes the property of vehicle owner and is exchangeable to a new vehicle. You just need to fill up the applicable form followed by suitable identification of the user and the motor vehicle. If the vehicle user is an organization or company then the recognition of the deputy will be needed. Also a private plate can be easily transferred to a recipient in case of the demise of the real user.