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New registration plates system to start in 2001

THE Government has announced the new vehicle registration system which will come into effect on September 1, 2001 following the introduction of a twice-yearly change starting on March 1 next year. Transport Minister Gavin Strang was due to announce the new system on Wednesday which will replace the present vehicle registration plate regime which was introduced in 1963 with the suffix letter 'A' appearing on the plate and acting as a year identifier.

The S-registration will be introduced as normal on August 1 to be followed next March with the introduction of the twice-yearly plate change. That will see T-plates coming into effect on March 1, 1999, V on September 1, 1999, W on March 1, 2000, X on September 1, 2000 and Y on March 1, 2001.

From September the new registration plate will look like ABC 12 DE with the first three letters being random, the numbers ranging from 1 to 99 acting as the age identifier and the last two letters will indicate, with what the Government says is a more recognisable code, the areas where the vehicle was first registered. The regional identifier will see the country divided up into a number of geographical areas, each of which will have a letter.

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