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Re: Appropriate License Plate

Posted: 11 Jul 2014, 10:17am
by chrisc
I have twice sold the registration marks of family cars to dealers in these things. Easy money ! Nothing special about either of the plates (that I could see) but somebody must have wanted them.

I have always thought that what I don’t need is a distinctive, memorable plate on a vehicle driven by me lest some easily provoked, fulminating, self-righteous soul - you know the kind - decides that I have offended him in some obscure way. Anonymity can be a blessing.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

Posted: 11 Jul 2014, 10:42am
by Psamathe
That people spend money on such things sort of makes one wonder about our society. What is really important to us and why? And at least the latest top of the range HD recorder provides some extra features that might one day enable you to do something ... but a personalised number plate?.

Ian

Re: Appropriate License Plate

Posted: 11 Jul 2014, 1:03pm
by 661-Pete
Psamathe wrote:That people spend money on such things sort of makes one wonder about our society. What is really important to us and why? And at least the latest top of the range HD recorder provides some extra features that might one day enable you to do something ... but a personalised number plate?

If you can bring yourself to watch half an hour of a bunch of saddo's trying to justify themselves, this explains a lot...

Re: Appropriate License Plate

Posted: 11 Jul 2014, 2:01pm
by Mick F
I have a mate with a cherished number plate, and it is cherished. Really.
I has been in the family since it was issued on a new car in 1963 and has been on many different cars. Nowt special, just a 1963 C reg plate.

Also, on the same subject, a neighbour is a Who fan and her car has a WHO xx? numberplate on it, and it's her second one using that plate. In actual fact - and I didn't know this until I spoke to her about it - but when you apply to DVLA to change your plate, you keep the old one, so when you eventually sell or dispose of the car, you can revert to the original number. Consequently, she still has the original number plates.

The DVLA have two numbers recorded for these cars - original and cherished.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

Posted: 11 Jul 2014, 3:15pm
by Bicycler
It's the very definition of having too much money to spend. Money spent for the sake of it. Money that could be spent on improving somebody else's life being spent by those who obviously have all they could ever need in the world specifying lettering for personal vanity. Kind of thing that makes me think we need a modern day Robin Hood

Re: Appropriate License Plate

Posted: 11 Jul 2014, 10:10pm
by Vantage
Bicycler wrote:It's the very definition of having too much money to spend. Money spent for the sake of it. Money that could be spent on improving somebody else's life being spent by those who obviously have all they could ever need in the world specifying lettering for personal vanity. Kind of thing that makes me think we need a modern day Robin Hood


Do cyclists not personalise their bikes? Stickers with the owners name on it?
I don't believe it's about vanity, but about having something which is yours, something no one else has, a one off.
As for having too much money, let's wait and see how many cyclists sell their £1000+ crappy fibre bling bikes to make do with a £150 iron tubed fully suspended Asda bike and giving the change to cancer research. :)

Re: Appropriate License Plate

Posted: 12 Jul 2014, 10:23am
by 661-Pete
Vantage wrote:Do cyclists not personalise their bikes? Stickers with the owners name on it?

I certainly don't, and I don't recall seeing a bike so 'decorated', although I suppose it might help in the task of picking out one's mount from the heap outside a popular cake stop... :lol:

Vantage wrote:see how many cyclists sell their £1000+ crappy fibre bling bikes to make do with a £150 iron tubed fully suspended Asda bike and giving the change to cancer research. :)

That's a bit unfair, all I will say, not going to pitch into a strident debate about whether high-end bikes are only 'bling'! I will just say, two of my bikes are steel framed and elderly, but that doesn't make them 'Asda'...

Re: Appropriate License Plate

Posted: 12 Jul 2014, 10:37am
by Vantage
661-Pete wrote:That's a bit unfair, all I will say, not going to pitch into a strident debate about whether high-end bikes are only 'bling'! I will just say, two of my bikes are steel framed and elderly, but that doesn't make them 'Asda'...


I have a deep seated hatred and loathing of anything "carbon fibre". I wouldn't ride one of those monstrosities if my life depended on it :)
As much as I 'love' my own alloy framed rig, I do have a fondness for steel framed bikes. The nicest bike I ever had was a 1980's Peugeot Ultima 531 framed road bike handed down to me by my dad who bought it travel to work on while the VW Transporter was converted into a camper :) It was the only bike to ever get me to over 50mph.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 1:04pm
by BlueMeldon
Hi XAP [Bob],
I'd bring it to the attention of the police, it's intentionally misrepresented and there's a hefty fine - if they choose to follow it up !!
The law must see these plates daily - perhaps the offence has been down-graded because the gov are making money out of it.
A friend of mine wore a T-shirt and he was advised to remove it or turn it inside out - priorities seem skewed these days.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

Posted: 15 Jul 2014, 2:56pm
by [XAP]Bob
BlueMeldon wrote:Hi XAP [Bob],
I'd bring it to the attention of the police, it's intentionally misrepresented and there's a hefty fine - if they choose to follow it up !!
The law must see these plates daily - perhaps the offence has been down-graded because the gov are making money out of it.
A friend of mine wore a T-shirt and he was advised to remove it or turn it inside out - priorities seem skewed these days.

Yep - the Various places I've been so far have suggested that, and decided that they can't be bothered to chase whether the MOT garage is doing their job right (even though that's their primary responsibility)