Oh for heavens' sake!

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Just when you thought the number plate situation in NSW was beyond ridiculous, the RTA have exceeded all silliness.

It used to be that NSW had two types of number plates - black text on a yellow background with three letters and three numbers for normal plates, and white text on a black background with two letters and three or four numbers for personalised plates.
yellow 1 black

Then in 1988 they released Bicentennial number plates which had the letters on top of the numbers and a logo.

In 1991 they introduced black text on a white background.
white 1

1997 saw special edition RSL plates

1998 saw special edition Olympics plates

2001 saw special edition Centenary of Federation plates

In 2002 they introduced "European" style plates

Also in 2002 came regional plates, the first being New England
New England

In 2003, when I thought they couldn't possibly do anything else, due to an astounding variety already, they introduced multi-coloured plates - purple, red, green and blue.

So imagine my astonishment yesterday when I get home and find my new rego papers, with advertising for metallic gold and silver plates. And not just one way around, but positive and negative.

So to summarise, in New South Wales, you might find number plates in any of the following combinations:
black on yellow; white on black times two or three; black on white in about four configurations; green on yellow; white on green times two; white on purple; white on red; white on blue; gold on black; silver on black; black on silver; black on gold

Hands up who thinks that's all just a little silly?

Full details are on the RTA website.


Missyisms said:

Yeah, that's a lot, but check out the mess in Illinois, U.S.A.


Fortunately, most of these are not commonly seen.

January 18, 2006 2:39 AM


Yvonne said:

and they cost a fortune to get and keep nowadays.

January 18, 2006 5:18 AM


kazza said:

gosh, that's even sillier than here!

January 18, 2006 6:40 AM


Ozg said:

What a lot of people fail to realise is that the newer designs are supposed to show up better on cameras when the plates age. The old black on yellow doesn't do so well :-)

January 18, 2006 8:24 AM


Fiona said:

Heh... I was hoping to get a pink ACT plate one day... maybe when my car is newer :p Have you seen the lime coloured ones down ehre? you can't even read them with the white/silver text

January 23, 2006 8:20 AM


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