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Digital(smart) Number Plates

Recently Dubai has been pouring funding into their plans to become the technology hub of the world. As well as working on ideas such as flying drone taxis, they are pushing number plates to the next stage. Dubai’s Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, head of vehicle licensing at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is introducing digital(smart) number plates.

Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, head of vehicle licensing at Dubai and digital number plate
Above: Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, head of vehicle licensing at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Digital Number Plate Example.

These digital number plates are said to be capable of various tasks:
• Traffic updates
• Condition changes
• Accident warnings
• Real-time communication with other drivers
• Emergency services contact
• New or learner driver symbols

The plates will be will be matched with a user’s profile/account, which will allow you to jump online and easily handle issues such as:
• Parking fees
• Registration renewal
• Fine payments

Plus, this innovative design could help reduce the recent rise in number plate theft. If the car or plate is stolen it will adorn a visual alert such as ‘STOLEN’.

The cost of these digital plates is yet to be revealed but maybe its best to leave these undoubtedly expensive addons to the Dubai public first.

Private Registration Plate Record Sales!

The recent rise in number plate popularity has given way to record numbers of personalised registration sales. Between the years 2016-2017, personalised plates accumulated £110 million for the treasury alone, a new record.

Most people like to stand out or at least have their own unique look, and a private reg will do just that. Bought as gifts, rewards, to hide a car’s age or simply to add some style plates can be bought in various places such as online or at auction, but none are quite as cheap as New Reg.
Since number plates went on sale in 1989 there have been around 5 million plates that have changed hands.

Edmund King, president of the AA, is one of those who purchased a £250 plate for his car. He said: “People seem to be holding on to cars for longer and by having a personalised plate the car doesn’t age as much as it may otherwise. There is a bit of an auto-vanity about trying to hide the age of your car.”

Join the latest trend and get yours! Head over to our search options page to get a better look into your options and customise your digit styles.

DVLA Private Reg Plate Auctions

Recently the DVLA held private registration auctions for three consecutive days, taking bids on number plates with reserves between £250-£2,500. These auctions are held each year and have always attracted attention from the public, but never more-so than recently. With each auction the popularity is increasing, this is largely thanks to social media allowing the DVLA to reach more potential bidders with ease. With a collection of 1,250 varying plates at the latest auction, the bidding got underway.

Be sure to keep up to date with the latest offers and deals at NewReg by following us at Facebook or keep a close eye on our cheap number-plates search page where we gather our latest and greatest bargains and assemble them in a list to make it that much easier for you to get yourself a personalised reg, cheap number plates.

This year there have been some great personalised number plates sold at the auctions, here are a few that were on offer with similar plates still available for purchase at NewReg.

DVLA Auction Plate:
license plate preview showing the name Elliott

NewReg Plates:
license plate preview showing the name Elliott

license plate preview showing the name Elliott

See more Elliot plates here.

DVLA Auction Plate:
license plate preview showing the name Jamie

NewReg Plates:
license plate preview showing the name Jamie

license plate preview showing the name Jamie

See more Jamie plates here.

DVLA Auction Plate:
license plate preview showing the name Hassam

NewReg Plates:
license plate preview showing the name Hassam

See more Hassam plates here.

For more information on DVLA auctions you can get everything you’re looking for at

If you’re looking for more ideas/suggestions or you’re looking to create your own personal number plate try using our number plates search.

A Brief History of Vehicle Registration Plates

With the new ‘67’ number plates just around the corner you may be interested as to how and why vehicle plates are structured the way they are. There have been four major alterations to this system so far as registrations try to keep up with the sheer amount of vehicles on the road. So here is a quick look into the history of registration plates of Britain.


The Motor Car Act is issued into force, requiring every motor vehicle to be placed on an official register and to adorn an alphanumerical plate, including motorbikes. This was in part due to an increase in vehicle accidents becoming more frequent; being able to identify vehicles became a necessity.

‘A1’ was the first plate issued and it belonged to Earl Russell, who is believed to have camped outside the registry office all night to ensure he got the plate he was after. As you can see the first plates didn’t carry any dates, in fact this was the case for the first 60 years! These dateless plates are now in very high demand due to how unique they are. Take a look at the following dateless examples from

The Motor Car Act becomes compulsory.

As you can imagine it didn’t take long until the registration plates were reaching their limit of combinations. The initial way this was countered was to simply reverse the digits and letters, going instead from ‘ABC 123’ to ‘123 ABC’ or by adding additional digits. Though eventually it was solved when the Suffix system was introduced.

The Suffix system allowed for a yearly re-use of registration numbers by adding a letter at the end of every plate that changed each year to show a vehicles registration year.

At this point, and since 1903 everything to do with this system had been done manually which meant it was very time consuming, leading to an over-hall of the entire system. This new system involved some much needed updated technologies such as computers and improved the speed of police checks and registrations, among other areas.

Prior to this date number plates had only made minimal changes to their physical design. But with 1973 came the requirement to have reflective number plates that had to be particular colours. The front was to be black writing on a white background and yellow background on the back.

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) takes over, removing vehicle registration responsibilities from local councils.

The Prefix system comes into play, moving the letter that indicates the year to the beginning of the registration. There are three sections to this version; the first being the yearly letter beginning with A in 1983, the two letters on the end show where the plate was registered using its area code, while the remaining have no specific meaning but do provide some variation.

This is when the current system was put into use, showing local region, date of registration and random letters to create unique codes. This order and structure is used as Police evidence showed that people tend to remember letters over numbers. Plus, as we read from left to right it made sense to have the local code at the beginning. You can see more of an overview on this here.

This system allows for a phenomenal count of registrations every year and once it peaks it can simply be reversed.