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Pub Company Uses Number Plates in Safety Initiative

August 23, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

The Stonegate Pub Company has launched a campaign to make late night taxi travel a safer experience.

Under the new initiative, people can feel much safer when getting into taxis and private hire vehicles just by using a new number plate checking system on their mobile phone.

By logging into the ‘Am I Safe’ service and entering the registration number of the car on their mobile phone, an instant response will state whether the car is a council registered taxi or private hire vehicle.

In addition to this, the Am I Safe check can provide a geographic footprint, allowing friends and family to know the passenger’s location at the time.

The system was launched for a trial period in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire on 8 August, with the initiative set for use nationwide in September.

Operations director for the Stonegate Pub Company, Rob Pitcher, is proud to be a part of the Am I Safe campaign.

“‘Am I Safe?’ is a unique new safety measure that will provide real and welcome reassurance to users,” Mr Pitcher revealed.

“The safety and enjoyment of our customers at our late night bars is of upmost priority to us.

“We want to know that they can enjoy a great night in our bars and be sure of getting home safely.

“‘Am I Safe?’ is a great industry-leading solution and we are proud to be sponsors of it.”

Founder of Am I Safe?, Anthony Price-Thompson, believes the technology can help to keep safer.

“Over the past 12 months, we have been working very closely with passengers, operators, Police forces and councils to understand the challenges they face in ensuring the safety of passengers and drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles alike,” Mr Price-Thompson explained.

“I am delighted to say that we have built a web application that aims to meet those challenges and the clear demand from the public.

“We are delighted to welcome Stonegate Pub Company on board who share our vision for a safe night-time economy.”

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Number Plates Identify Russian Car Near Murdered Spy’s Home

August 16, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Just days before a British spy’s body was found in a locked holdall in his London flat, cars with number plates registered to the Russian Embassy were seen near his home.

The reason why Russian diplomats were in the area near an MI6 spy’s home just days before the tragedy will raise suspicions over whether he was killed because of his work.

Gareth Williams, 31, was working on spy technology to be used in tracking the movement of Russian money into Europe.

However, he was last seen alive on August 15, 2010, the exact same day a Kremlin car was seen in close proximity to his flat.

The cars were spotted by a former KGB agent living in the area, who defected and moved to London 12 years ago.

Trained in counter-surveillance and surveillance, he believes that the sudden appearance of these vehicles linked with the KGB raises suspicions.

“I still have to worry about my own security, so when I saw these cars I was very concerned and at the time made a detailed note of each of the sightings,” he explained.

“I hadn’t seen any Russian Embassy cars in the area before this and I haven’t seen any since.”

The blue BMW 3 Series vehicle with diplomatic number plate 251D198 was seen by the former agent, just 50 yards from Mr Williams’ flat.

On August 12, the Russian car was seen parked close to Mr Williams’ flat, with the driver inside and the engine running.

One day later, the agent saw another blie BMW 3 Series car with number plate 251D306, this time it was parked in a multi-storey car park behind Mr Williams’ flat.

Post mortem tests have failed to explain the cause of Mr Williams’ death.

A DVLA spokeswoman said: “We are unable to help with identifying any cars with diplomatic number plates.”

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An inquest into Mr Williams’ death will be conducted next month.

Lord Mayor’s DN1 Limo Number Plate Valued at £100k

August 5, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Number Plate experts have valued the Lord Mayor of York’s DN1 limousine at £100,000 or more.

Posing as the owner of the number plate, Mr John Jones contacted an expert requesting a valuation.

According to the expert, the figure of £100k is not excessive when dealing with personalised number plate sales.

The personalised registration ‘F1′ sold for almost half a million pounds in 2008, with the number plate ‘S1′ sold the same year for just over £400,000.

Mr Jones had recently claimed that if the City of York Council was to go ahead with plans to replace the limousine, as has been mooted recently, the number plate should be sold, with the proceeds put towards its funding.

“When the council is cutting back on front-line services and losing jobs, the last thing we want is a private number plate worth upwards of £100,000,” explained Mr Jones. “It’s obscene.”

“A five lion crest on the side of the car is sufficient.”

Not everybody is on Mr Jones’ side in this heated debate, though.

York Civic Trust chairman, Peter Brown, met the idea with a less than positive reaction.

According to Mr Brown, retaining such an identifiable plate was “crucial.”

Liberal Democrat group leader Carol Runciman added: “We should not be selling valuable assets to plug a short-term gap.”

Conservative group leader, Ian Gillies, added to the consensus that selling the number plate would be a bad idea, believing the registration ‘DN1′ to be an integral part of the city’s heritage and a short term measure in selling an asset with such financial appreciation potential.

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Number Plates Used as Weapons During Break-Up!

July 31, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A court in Manchester heard how a woman who’d suffered heartbreak after breaking-up with her husband to be, resorted to a drunken, car-wrecking rampage.

Debbie Harrison, 31, took her anger out in a Manchester car park on two BMW’s, of which one was almost new, and an MG, after drinking 10 pints of lager.

The court heard how Ms Harrison had torn the number plates from two parked vehicles and used them as weapons to cause hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Prosecuting in the case, Gareth Hughes told the magistrates court how Ms Harrison had ripped a wing mirror off one car, damaged to other cars, spat on all of the cars and even bent back windscreen wipers during her rage.

“I was upset and angry – I am very sorry and embarrassed,” Ms Harrison told the court.

Chairman of the court, Bruce Westwood stated: “These are very serious offences and custody was an option. The fact that you were drunk is no excuse whatsoever.”

Ms Harrison pleaded guilty to the three counts of criminal damage and handed 12 months supervision and made to attend a women’s programme and seek support from the alcohol team.

In addition, she was given a £435 charge for the damage caused during the incident.

Defending for the case, Damian Zelazowski revealed how Ms Harrison has “drowned her sorrows” in bars after she’d returned her engagement ring to her boyfriend.

“It had been a whirlwind romance. It was intense and she saw it as her future,” explained Mr Zelazowski.

“And when the engagement ended after a row over his behaviour towards her she was heartbroken and went drinking with a friend.

The court heard Harrison who had two previous convictions for drunk and disorderly, had a problem with binge drinking.

“She has expressed genuine remorse and wishes to apologise for her outrageous behaviour.”

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Number Plate Leads Police to Drug Dealer

June 6, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A drug dealer who used is personalised registration to advertise his trade has been caught and sentenced to jail.

His car registration, complete with an Ecstasy ‘smiley face’, adorned the initials JTP in reference to the initials of his nickname, ‘Jimmy the pill’.

A police raid uncovered a large amount of drugs at his neighbour Susan Welsh’s home in Blyth, Northumberland.

The incriminating evidence seized by police included speed, pills, scales and mobile phones, plus his car and personalised number plate.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Welsh had shown police officers a blue denim purse in a kitchen cupboard with white powder inside.

Welsh told police that the drugs were for her own use, but failed to inform police of the key to a cupboard outside.

Inside the cupboard were scales, small plastic bags, two black bags containing a bag of blue tablets and box of white powder.

“Sorry I should have told you about that,” Welsh told the police.

Forensic analysis found the white powder to be amphetamine with a street value of £1,500.

The prosecution believed the 977 blue tablets were to be sold as Ecstasy, although didn’t contain any of the actual drug.

Taylor, 41, handed himself into police on hearing the news that neighbour Welsh, 53, had been arrested.

He also admitted to attempting to possess class A drugs and possession of class B drugs with intent to supply.

Welsh was handed six-month suspended prison sentence while Taylor was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Brian Forster, stated:  “Anyone who becomes involved in any kind of drugs supply will be punished.

“The courts are determined to stamp out drug dealing in this area.”

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Most Expensive Number Plates

May 30, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A personalised registration can be a great way to say something about you.

Although some number plates are more expensive than others.

Here are the top-five number plates in the UK, followed by the top-five number plates in the world.

The Most Expensive Number Plates in the UK

#1

Plate: F1

Price: £440,625

Buyer: Afzal Kahn

Owner of car styling company Project Kahn, Mr Kahn has sported his number plate on his Mercedes-McClaren SLR and Bugatti Veyron.11

#2

Plate: S1

Price: £404,063

Buyer: Anonymous

Bought at Bonhams auction, Chichester, the bidder was reported to have said it would adorn their “old red Skoda.”

#3

Plate: 1D

Price: £352,411

Buyer: Nabil Bishara

Property developer Nabil Bishara bought this registration as a surprise for his wife’s Bentley.

#4

Plate: M1

Price: £331,500

Buyer: Mike McCoomb

A gift for his ten-year-old-son, Mr McCoomb bought this number plate following the £40 million sale of his mobile phone company.

#5

Plate: VIP 1

Price: £285,000

Buyer: Roman Abramovich

Chelsea owner and Russian oil oligarch Abramovich chose to put his VIP 1 number plate on his Rolls-Royce Corniche IV.

The Most Expensive Number Plates in the World

Not surprisingly, all of the world’s top-five most expensive number plates were purchased in Abu Dhabi.

#1

Plate: 1

Price: £7.1m

Saeed Khouri had a very simple explanation for why he spent over £7 million on a number plate: “I bought it because it’s the best number.”

#2

Plate: 5

Price: £3.4m

After breaking the world record price for a number plate (at the time) Talal Khouri said that the number 5 meant nothing to him.

#3

Plate: 7

Price: £3m

The number 7 plate was sold at auction, with a video of the event posted on YouTube.

#4

Plate: 9

Price: £1.72m

Sold as part of an auction from May 2008, in which 100 number plates went under the hammer in front of 450 people.

#5

Plate: 7

Price: £1.58m

All of the top 5 number plate sales had the proceeds donated to charity.

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Police in Untaxed Vehicle Crackdown

April 3, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Police in the Somerset town of Taunton gave untaxed motorists an unwelcome surprise during a crackdown on unlawful vehicles.

Those who had failed to tax their motors watched helplessly as trucks were brought in to tow them away.

A total of 11 vehicles were impounded following a day-long police operation involving officers from the DVLA and PCSOs.

Police also targeted seven people for other road offences such as driving without insurance, sending out a strong message to local motorists.

Steps were taken by the police force following complaints from residents regarding the upward trend in tax avoidance.

“This is a persistent community complaint and causes a huge amount of frustration among residents,” explained PCSO Zoe Brooks, organiser for the operation.

Sergeant Andy Murphy explained the process being undertaken by the force: “This is the fifth year of Operation Go Tax, specifically targeting vehicles across Taunton which aren’t taxed and are uninsured.

“Cars that aren’t taxed or insured are illegal and, although not in every case, we often find that they aren’t roadworthy either.

“We all have a duty to make sure our cars are safe, taxed and insured, otherwise the consequences can have a wide-reaching negative impact on individuals and the wider community.

“Both Avon and Somerset Police and our partner agencies are committed to listening to our communities and responding to their complaints and concerns, ensuring that Taunton remains a safe place to live and visit.”

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Number Plate Recognition Car Park Machines to be Axed

March 14, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

A car park in West Sussex will say goodbye to its hugely unpopular number plate recognition feature on its car park machines.

Situated in all long-term car parks in the town of East Grinstead, the number plate recognition facility required drivers to enter the last three digits of their number plates into the machine.

Following a three-month public consultation, Mid Sussex District Council announced that it would be removing the facility on the machines, much to the delight of local motorists and district and town councillors.

“The parking machines are ghastly,” explained district councillor Chris Jerrey.

“They should have been taken away and shot. It was like a 1990s mobile phone, and you had to spend ages shuttling back and forward.

“When these machines came in, there was uproar.

“There were always massive queues and sometimes people had to wait for 20 minutes.

“It’s a good decision by Mid Sussex but it’s too late.”

Motorists originally had to enter the last three digits of their registration into the machines in short term car parks, but this was soon revoked.

Even town councillor Ginnie Waddingham has experienced difficulties in using the machines.

“I can’t be the only person that’s happened to, with so many funerals held at St Swithun’s,” she revealed.

“They are so hard, especially at a time when you don’t need it. It is bonkers.”

Councillor Christine Mainstone was equally relieved to hear the news.

“After all this time people are still having problems using them,” she said.

“It’s ridiculous, the car parks are always empty anyway, so it’s brilliant news.

“We’re chuffed to bits.”

Councillor Pru Moore explained that a more user friendly system would be introduced as soon as possible.

“The vehicle registration system was introduced to try and help the smooth running of our car parks and to make life easier for the customers who park with us,” Councillor  Moore said.

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New ‘Code of Conduct’ for Traffic Cameras

March 7, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

The CCTV systems run by councils and police may be set for a ‘code of conduct’ overhaul by the government.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera systems are due to be included in the review, with the length of time that data is withheld coming under the spotlight.

The shake-up follows a public apology by West Midlands Police for erecting approximately 200 “spy-cameras” in predominantly Muslim areas of Birmingham.

Derided by the people of Birmingham, many of the cameras were hidden, with funding coming from a £3m government pot allocated to tracking terrorism.

“CCTV and ANPR systems play a vital role in the prevention and detection of crime,” explained James Brokenshire, crime prevention minister.

“However it is important they are used in a way that does not invade law-abiding people’s privacy or undermine the public’s confidence in them.

“That’s why we are establishing this code and that’s why we are asking the public what they think should be in it.”

The Home Office launched a 12-week consultation on 1st March to look into the use of the code, with a new commissioner set to oversee its implementation.

“Anyone considering the use of such technology should first undertake a thorough assessment of the purpose, likely value, and wider impact of such a course of action and determine in the light of that whether or not to proceed,” a spokesperson revealed.

“Good practice suggests that an important way of commanding public confidence is by ensuring transparency of process in the ownership, purpose and use of surveillance cameras.”

Following a damning independent report, West Midlands Police confirmed in December that 200 cameras would be removed from Birmingham.

West Midlands Police maintain that none of the cameras were ever switched on.

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Number Plate Technology Catches Unlicensed Drivers

December 19, 2010
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Australian police are mounting a large scale crackdown on unlicensed drivers this Christmas, armed with ground-breaking new number plate recognition technology.

Victoria Police will implement Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology throughout the state during Operation AEGIS this Christmas.

The police force will use ten units in their operation, which will rapidly scan number plates to give immediate vehicle information.

Trials of the ANPR technology first took place in December 2007, with over a million number plates scanned and more than 13,000 illegal drivers stopped.

The ANPR devices are fitted into unmarked vans and linked to a number plate information database, with specially trained users on hand.

When an unauthorised driver is flashed up on the system, the operator contacts cooperating police vehicles with the information.

Analysis of road trauma data has revealed key areas of importance to police, and has largely dictated the positioning of the ANPR vehicles.

An estimated one million drivers are expected to be breathalysed in Victoria over the Christmas period, with Deputy Commissioner Ken Lay expecting a busy period for police.

“Over the next 24 days police will be across roads in every corner of the state. We will be breath-testing one million drivers for the Christmas period,” he explained.

“Twenty four hours a day, every single day for the next 24 days, police will be working.”

There are a range of great ways to find the perfect one for you and your vehicle at a price you will be delighted with.

The DVLA hosts a number of personalised registration auctions every year, where thousands of first class number plates will go under the hammer.

Call the experts at National Numbers on 01642 363738 and find out more about the next DVLA auction at the Imperial War Museum, The Quays, Manchester, Cheshire on 2nd, 3rd, 4th February 2011.