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Vanity Plate

Personalised plate scheme behind cash target

Revenue from a personalised car number plate scheme launched last September is expected to fall well below target in its first year.

But a HK$60 million fund to fight poverty, generated from auctions of the plates, will not be affected.

Saturday, 15 September, 2007, 12:00am

Rich pickings for company lawyers - on a plate

Perhaps Hong Kong's largest telecoms service provider no longer cares about protecting its name. The company once called Pacific Century Cyberworks that paid US$1 million six years ago to buy the domain names cyberworks.com and cyberworks.net had nothing to say yesterday about the forthcoming auction of a vehicle licence plate bearing the letters PCCW.

31 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Love and brand-name cachet up for grabs

Porsche, Daimler, Maserati, I love you among number plates Transport Department will put to auction

A beaten-up Toyota could soon be driving around Hong Kong with the name Maserati on its number plate - provided the owner can come up with enough money and isn't outbid by the brand's owner.

31 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Scrutiny over personalised number plates

Transport officials are considering whether to allow phrases such as 'I love you' or names such as 'Joyce' - which might infringe brand name copyrights - to appear on vehicle registration plates.

Assistant director of transport Lui Ying said yesterday that the Transport Department had received about 1,500 applications for personalised registration plates.

7 May 2006 - 12:00am

Bidders wary of new car plates

Car owners snapped up scores of registration plates bearing their favourite numbers and letters yesterday - but most said they were unimpressed by a pick-your-own-plate scheme that will be introduced next month.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Gold-plated status symbol easy as 1,2,3

The bidding was frenzied at Wan Chai's Convention and Exhibition Centre yesterday morning, as punters vied for number plates in the final auction before car owners get the chance to create their own registration marks.

19 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Risque personalised plates face rocky road

Personalised car number plates that give offence or have criminal connotations could be revoked even after winning Transport Department approval, under a scheme to be introduced in April.

Rules for the scheme, unveiled yesterday, include provision for a revocation order if convincing complaints are received.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Creative car plates get mixed HELLO

Lawmakers disagree on how far they should go

A car owner may have fallen foul of the law when he displayed his registration number as HE110 7, but HELLO 7 which it resembles will be allowed under rules on creative number plates planned by the government.

29 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Price of lucky plates tumbles

But dealer doesn't think new system will sink business

The planned introduction of personalised number plates is unlikely to deter motorists shopping for traditional 'lucky' plates, despite a drop in prices since the new scheme was announced last year, a dealer says.

7 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Plan for personalised car plates challenged

The proposed introduction of personalised number plates would cause confusion among road users, affect charity income, and lead to red faces if risque combinations were inadvertently approved, legislators said yesterday.

11 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

That car plate could be yours for $20,000

Car owners have to pay at least $20,000 if they want to personalise their number plates under a government proposal that will also allow them to resell the plates.

Under the Private Vehicle Registration Marks proposal, which will be discussed by lawmakers next week, owners can pick a combination of eight numerals and/or letters for the vehicle registration.

5 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Car number plates snapped up despite fears over new scheme

Hong Kong's first vehicle registration auction since the budget day announcement that a new personalised number plate scheme would be introduced at the end of the year was held yesterday - and interest remained bullish despite fears that the new scheme might dampen enthusiasm.

18 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Free lucky plates - if you buy a luxury car

Some people have all the luck.

Luxury car buyers who once paid a fortune for a lucky number plate are now being offered them free. But there is a catch.

Most of the lucky number plates come attached to vehicles many of us could not afford to fill with petrol - let alone buy.

23 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Creation made to steal

How can the government take the concept of personalised car plates and turn it into a licence to steal? Under the scheme, someone creating a clever car plate gives up the right to his or her creation unless some rich person does not want it. The article, 'Personal car plates to rev up revenue' (March 11), says that 'upon approval, the plate will be put to public auction'.

16 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Personalised plates

The top price paid for a car licence plate in Hong Kong to date was $13 million, for number 9. Under the new scheme for personalised plates, how much do you think combinations of up to eight letters and numbers will fetch? What would be your favourite plate? Share your views: write to us.

13 Mar 2004 - 12:00am