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The ole chestnut re reg plates



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,726 ✭✭✭✭galwaytt

    I remember buying my first bike in September 1986. I ride it on "For Reg" until Jan 1987 as I wanted to get 80-G-1. I missed it by 1 number, and got 80-G-2.

    So, to my eyes, anything registered post Jan 1 1987 looks more 'age appropriate' using the year indicating plate. Anything else just jars with me tbh.

    Ode To The Motorist

    “And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, generates funds to the exchequer. You don't want to acknowledge that as truth because, deep down in places you don't talk about at the Green Party, you want me on that road, you need me on that road. We use words like freedom, enjoyment, sport and community. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent instilling those values in our families and loved ones. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the tax revenue and the very freedom to spend it that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said "thank you" and went on your way. Otherwise I suggest you pick up a bus pass and get the ********* ********* off the road” 

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,042 ✭✭✭Miscreant

    87-G-1 was probably reserved for the Mayor of Galway 🙂

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,969 ✭✭✭CoBo55

    Can you use the mistake in the address trick, that you later change when taxing the car?

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,844 ✭✭✭✭elperello

    I have an early year plate myself and it is Year-County-Number1 which I think looks good but I don't like the Year-County-Telephone number plates being issued now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8 w116


    i have consulted this thread a few times re number plates on a classic, any way i failed my NCT 2 weeks ago and one of the fails was the number plate. The tester said the font was too thin, it is a 1984 car and the number plate had no county name in irish or dashes but there was no comment on those.

    In for a retest today and he wanted to fail me again just on the number pates, I had changed the plates to standard font but again no county or dashes, he said I had to have Galaimh on the plate.

    I said that I thought, as it is a pre 1984 car it didnt need it, he went of to consult and when he came back he shredded the fail sheet and gave me a nice new 2 year NCT, but he did say he was letting me off as it is required if you opt for county plates but not ZV plates.

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  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 2,955 Mod ✭✭✭✭macplaxton

    A tester trying that one on with me will get the RTFM talk.

    I've only had one run-in so far over top suspension mounts on a Honda Jazz - they are conical like a Ford Ka - therefore when the weight of the vehicle is off them, they drop down and have loads of play. They are supposed to be like that.

    After taking the car away and double checking, I was back in the afternoon putting in a complaint and after phone calls it was and retested by another tester at the same centre and passed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10 duskyjoe2

    Great thread chat - glad I started it . Good insight. I’m going to keep the 89D120xxx and just live with it . Going to ZV is satins curse post 87.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,204 ✭✭✭kdevitt

    Yeah I think you've made the right choice. Think you can get lucky - my brother has a 6 digit number on a new car, but has a few 1's in there which actually makes it look shorter. Would have preferred a shorter number myself, but happy enough with how they turned out.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,245 ✭✭✭Chiparus

    I see Richard Hammond has opted to keep the ZV plates on his escort . ( 3: 52 if you can't be bothered watching the whole video)

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,204 ✭✭✭kdevitt

    I'd imagine its more the case that he just hasn't registered it - he won't be able to keep those plates on it in the UK

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,204 ✭✭✭kdevitt

    Theres a bit more on it here -

    "The RS2000 was originally supplied to the UK, but then spent some time in the Isle of Man before forming part of a collection in the Republic of Ireland. The car is on a Notification of Vehicle Arrivals (NOVA) and awaiting registration in the UK."

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,969 ✭✭✭CoBo55

    Coincidentally the Bentley Drophead they're going to restore is also on a ZV plate.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,204 ✭✭✭kdevitt

    Article mentioned the Escort came from a large collection - so potentially they grabbed a few cars

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,969 ✭✭✭CoBo55

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,154 ✭✭✭Thinkingaboutit

    My ZV was four digits, which is fine. The original UK plates (in the boot had three digits). I've a 75 motor with a 75 D plate and a catchy number. Whatever floats the proverbial boat. Import plates a little while back had many, many zeros, allegedly an error, but maybe a hidden boost for our 'motor industry (I aim this at official dealers who make up things to pad out bills, not independent mechanics and repairers who do their best).'

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 553 Mod ✭✭✭✭LIGHTNING

    I have a new japanese classic that I am registering on Tuesday, I am not sure what to do with the choice. Its a 1985 so I am thinking of going with ZV plates primarily because the car is white and I think the black ZV plates will look nice. However I will be getting the square Jap style which may look odd with ZV.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,603 ✭✭✭ba_barabus

    Funnily enough, car dependant, I'd go with year plates. Looks well on a lot of cars and makes it looks like a period grey market import which tells it's own story.

    You can always switch to ZV too if you want.

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 553 Mod ✭✭✭✭LIGHTNING

    Yeah I agree, well in the end today I went with ZV as the number was reasonably low and I did a mock-up and I think it will look OK.