Many thanks Chris for the plate explanation. We're not nearly so detailed here in Switzerland. We have two letters in the beginning to identify the Kanton the motor resides in followed by 1 to 6 digit number such as AG 123456.
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12-11-2010, 05:30 PM
(This post was last modified: 12-11-2010, 05:32 PM by Chris.)
The number plate system here has historically been based upon the age of the car, which was represented by a letter. This led to huge spikes in car sales when the next annual age letter came around (which was always on August 1st) so to try to smooth out car sales, a second date was introduced along with the current system. So now we have 1st of September and 1st of March which still leads to peaks in sales as people still want to be seen to have the latest and newest car. The system is then compounded by the government who sell "dateless" plates to subsequently allow owners to hide the age of their car with a new number plate once it appears to be no longer brand new (or make up amusing or personal words). It generates millions for the government.
Number plates issued before the first age system (before 1962 I think) are highly sought after if they can be transferred. The earliest and shortest plates such as "F1", can be worth many hundreds of thousands of pounds
*edited my signature to make things less confusing
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