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Steve Jobs’ Blank Number Plates Explained

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

The mystery of why Steve Jobs, the co-founder of global technology giant Apple, was allowed to drive around with blank number plates attached to his car has finally been solved.

Steve Jobs was well known for driving his Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG with the no registration number, which became somewhat of a trademark.

However, Jon Callas, once a senior security officer at Apple, has divulged why Mr Jobs was allowed to drive without licence plates.

According to Mr Callas, Steve Jobs found a loophole in Californian law, allowing drivers of brand new vehicles a grace period of six months in which they could attach a number plate.

Always one for thinking differently from others, Steve Jobs took advantage of this loophole and reached an agreement with the leasing company to hire a brand new Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG every six months, just before the grace period expired.

Following an interview with former security man, Mr Callas, US news website iTWire explained: ”Steve (or someone close to him) spotted a loophole in the California vehicle laws.

“Anyone with a brand new car had a maximum of six months to affix the issued number plate to the vehicle.

“So Jobs made an arrangement with the leasing company; he would always change cars during the sixth month of the lease, exchanging one silver Mercedes SL55 AMG for another identical one.

“At no time would he ever be in a car as old as six months; and thus there was no legal requirement to have the number plates fitted.”

Unfortunately, such rules don’t exist here in the UK.

However, there are thousands of personalised registrations that you can choose from.

Just call the number plate experts at National Numbers, on 01642 363738.

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