Saturday, May 19, 2007

the new number plates

What does everyone think about the new number plates that are sprouting at rapid speed on the vehicles on our roads? It seems a bit strange to have English numbers on cars in an Arab country but maybe those who designed them thought that it was important to have the numbers in a larger size so they are easier to read. In that case they have chosen to go for the numbers in English as two sets of numbers would not fit.

But I do wonder what the first two numbers indicate? Can anyone enlighten me? T


Blogger Dave said...

There's only one reason why the new plates have large, easy-to-read, non-Arabic numerals: so that the Western-made speed cameras (or red light cameras) can capture offenders.

Saturday, May 19, 2007  
Anonymous O.J. said...

There isn't a real meaning to the two number preceding the dash. They take the last digit of your original number and add a one before it; then continue with your remaining five digits. i.e. if your number is 464284 (randomly chosen), your new number would be: 14-46428.

There are plenty of Arab countries in the region that use western digits. Easier to read, therefore easier to get caught by speed cameras as Dave put it.

I'm actually quite disappointed in the design or "look" of the license plates. They seem too plain. Maybe a Jordanian flag in the corner, or a crown, or a star. Something symbolic..

Sunday, May 20, 2007  
Blogger kinzi said...

Dave, that is SO practical!

At first thought, they reminded me of Eastern European plates from the 80s, totally without the cool look of Western Europe's. Now they are growing on me, but they just seem poorly designed and laid-out. Too much white space.

There are very small crests, in gray, on the background of the plates, but they don't show up unless you are right in front of them. From a car length away, they look like pre-rust spots.

My real beef, now that I've had them for a week, is that brackets are not strong and one speed bump jars it out of the bracket. I'm afraid I'll lose it soon.

Sunday, May 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what i know, the first two digits from 10 to 49 are for private cars and from 50 and onwards is for public cars. the diplomatic and public cars have a color coded vertical strip on the left but why didn't they assign a color for the private car?

o.j. is right, they could've put the jordanian flag or something. how impersonal to the country

Wednesday, May 23, 2007  

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