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New Irish vehicle registration numbers may cause havoc for visitors to UK


DaveMc

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Hundreds of Dublin registered vehicles are going to cause havoc if traveling through the North of Ireland or Britain for years to come.
Since 1979, cars operated by foreign embassies, consular staff, and various international organisations in the UK have been given number plates with a distinguishing format of three numbers, one letter, three numbers. The letter is D for diplomat bestows huge rights on drivers that in many cases buts them beyond the powers of the British Police officer.

Ireland’s unique Embassy number is 185 so no worries there; however the Canadian Embassy wont be happy for the next 6 months when any Dublin registered cars with registrations such as 131 D 159 / 131 D 407 etc. etc. will be setting off ‘number plate recognition systems’ identifying diplomats and ambassadors parked outside Irish Pubs throughout the UK; not so sure some terror head wouldn’t like the opportunity to take a pop shot at an unusually easy ‘diplomatic’ target?

The second half of this year will cause problems for Central African Republic (Embassy number 132) 2014 will affect the Check Republic (141) and Denmark (142), 2015 Finland (151) and France (152).

:mad:Do our shower of Sir Humphrey’s check before causing problems like this?
 


Ren84

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What is the point of this 131 and 132 craic? What is wrong with the current system?
 

DaveMc

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I think they'll manage.

Also, we will revert to the old system in 2014. The 131 and 132 was nonsense to keep JHR happy.
What !!, this 3 digit system was brought in for only one year?? What a gombeen nation?
 

DaveMc

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Some of our mentally deficient TDs decided that '13' was unlucky. I'm not joking.
I was under the same impression as 'FakeViking'; the SIMI want two new registrations per year, so I think we are facing a 141 / 142 for 2014 and a 151 / 152 for 2015 and so on.
 

44percent

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I thought the MoF said on budget day it would apply into the future. Going forward so to speak.
 

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The fact that that Irish number plates will be marked IRL and be in a completely different colour and format seems to be escaping some posters.

 

DaveMc

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There is NO WAY the Brits will allow any 'false diplomatic' registered vehicle on any of their roads.
 

Shqiptar

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I think they'll manage.

Also, we will revert to the old system in 2014. The 131 and 132 was nonsense to keep JHR happy.
Are you sure about that?
 

DaveMc

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The fact that that Irish number plates will be marked IRL and be in a completely different colour and format seems to be escaping some posters.

All UK Police cars have Number Plate Recognition' cameras, they will set off alarm bells despite the number plate colour, and in any case the Brits use white plates in front.
 

DaveMc

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Buy the cheapest car possible with a 131 D 2** number plate, bring it to London for a few months work...no parking tickets, no congestion charges, special diplomatic parking areas etc. Wouldn't take long to recover the cost of the car!
 

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Buy the cheapest car possible with a 131 D 2** number plate, bring it to London for a few months work...no parking tickets, no congestion charges, special diplomatic parking areas etc. Wouldn't take long to recover the cost of the car!
They might even offer free overnight accommodation!
 

petaljam

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A slightly different aspect of southern number plates that has always puzzled me, maybe someone here will explain the reasoning behind it: I can see that changing the numbers to reflect the year might encourage sales a bit, but was it really a good idea to do it with cars, when afaik, there are no car makers at all in Ireland?

Wouldn't it have been better to encourage spending on things that are made here, or at least not actually push people to spend even more of their money on expensive imported goods?

I mean, was it a deliberate strategy, and was this aspect discussed when the new (at the time) system was being thought up and introduced. I can hardly be the only person to see it that way!

Apols if this is off-topic, but it irritates me every time I see an Irish car with the year so clearly visible on the number plate.
 

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