Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Number plates don't register with motorists!

An interesting survey by British Car Auctions (BCA), in partnership with www.honestjohn.co.uk, has revealed that a third of over 1,200 respondents can't tell the age of a car by its number plate. The results suggest that many motorists are either unaware or confused by the current registration plate system. The survey found that three-quarters of motorists were not aware that there are three number identifiers in circulation each year - in 2008, for example January and February plates were identified by ‘57', followed by ‘08' for March to August, then ‘58' will be used for the rest of the year. Although the new registration system has been in place since 2001, it would appear many drivers have still not got to grips with it. A staggering 23% of respondents were not even aware that the registration number reflects the age of a car, potentially leaving them vulnerable to losing money when selling or buying a vehicle.