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Vehicle Registration Plates of Hong Kong

Racers rev engines ahead of cross-border driving

The launch of a cross-border driving scheme will give local drivers the chance to put pedal to the metal on the mainland's motor racing tracks.

Tuesday, 14 February, 2012, 12:00am

Cross-border driving plan on a long, winding road

A much-awaited scheme to make cross-border driving possible for anyone with a driving licence has gone pretty much nowhere.

Call it an intra-governmental gridlock.

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Kiss me, Anson in the numbers game

The next auction of personalised car licence plates might appeal to the sporty and the political.

Among the 242 number plates that will be auctioned on November 17 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai are 'OLYMPIC' and 'ANSON'.

6 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Low bids likely for car plates

Another batch of 240 personalised car number plates is to be sold this month, but with low expectations for the prices.

Plates with 'AC', 'AS' and 'Lee' are expected to draw the highest bids, estimated to be between HK$200,000 and HK$400,000, at the auction of personalised vehicle registration marks at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 27.

12 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

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.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Licence plate honouring Bruce Lee bought for bargain HK$40,000

A licence plate bearing the name Bruce Lee was snapped up by a fan of the legendary martial arts star for HK$40,000 at a government auction yesterday.

The winning bidder, a Mr Wong, said he had planned to pay as much as HK$1 million for the plate and would consult Lee's widow before deciding what it should be used for.

5 Aug 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

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

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

Talkback

Q Is it too hard to get your choice of number plate?

The people who thought up this new registration number plate auction idea have obviously never attended a modern auction, and obviously have no idea what the word speculation means. The fact that a registration number is placed on auction means that somebody else wants it and has applied to have it put up for auction.

28 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

$7.1m certainly easy money for a number

The most expensive car licence plate sold in Hong Kong since the handover, number 12, has fetched $7.1 million at the Transport Department's annual Lunar New Year auction.

It was the third-highest price paid in the city's history, driven by the fact 12 sounds like 'certainly easy' in Cantonese.

21 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Your number's up

It's the first working day after Christmas and 31-year-old investment banker Steve Siu An pulls out of the driveway of his luxury Pokfulam home and begins the drive to work in Central. Steve is feeling good. He is behind the wheel of the new Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR he bought himself a few weeks back.

21 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

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

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