63 customised car number-plates being auctioned today

DUBAI - Following the success of the recent customised car number auction when the base value of some numbers increased four times, the Dubai Traffic Police Department decided to launch weekly auctions of low base value after a month's delay as new code number-plates were not yet ready.

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Published: Wed 9 Jun 2004, 11:53 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:53 PM

Today's auction will begin at 9am at the Quality Guarantee Hall at the traffic department in Deira. It will include 63 numbers, nine of them three-digit numbers with a base value of Dh 35,000 each. They are, 102, 103, 104, 124, 125, 126, 135, 136 and 137. The second set includes 27 four-digit numbers (1211, 1311, 2122, 3133, etc). The base value is Dh 5,000.

The third set includes 27 four-digit numbers within two categories (1040, 1030, 1020 and 9010) with a base value of Dh 3,000 each.

Brigadier Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Director of Dubai Traffic Police Department, revealed a plan to replace Dubai numerical code number plates with Latin letter-based number plates within a year from today. A participial replacement process had already been started by the department, as a full-fledged replacement operation would begin next month.

The new plates will be given to car owners for free till all old plates were all replaced. Brig. Al Zafeen said car owners who did not take the new plates when they renewed registration recently because of the lack of new plates would not lose their right to free number plates to replace the old ones.

Major Mohammed Rashid Abdullah, director of the traffic media section, said instructions had been issued to endorse the new number plates carrying the new codes. He said the manufacturing of new number plates would take place at six locations besides the main number plates factory at the traffic department.

Captain Walid Al Manai, head of the vehicle licensing section, said the department had started issuing the new number plates during the morning shift for owners of customised numbers. Replacements of damaged plates are given in the evening. On May 19, the first auction for Code E customised car number plates fetched some Dh7.8 million.

The auction was held at the Dubai Police Officers Club at Al Garhood. Six of the 36 Code E numbers sold had fetched over Dh3 million. The most expensive number (33) fetched Dh1.140,000. The 36 numbers were two- and three-digit numbers. The customised car number plates auction system was first implemented in June 2001.


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