You may remember a few weeks ago I wrote an article about the issue of ‘13’ registrations. The natural progression of the registrations system in Great Britain would see new cars registered from 1st March 2013 have the number 13 as the year identifier. The main concern for the motor trade is the superstitious car buyer who could choose to avoid the purchase of a new car for fear of having a number plate containing the number 13.
News today from the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) suggests the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is considering plans to give new car buyers the option of avoiding a 13 registration plate. Rather than ending the issue of 62 registrations on the 28th February 2013, buyers would be given the option of a 62 registration rather than the perceived unlucky 13. The system would revert back to normality in September 2013 for the issue of 63 registrations.
We are still waiting for an official announcement from the DVLA, but the plans seem to offer the best alternative for the superstitious car buyer, the car manufacturer and the car retailer. The bi-annual registrations system was introduced in 2001 to help balance out demand for new cars which used to center around the 1st of August every year. Some people will wonder what all the fuss is about, where as others will now look forward to upgrading their cars in March next year, rather than waiting for the 13 registrations to pass them by, thus delaying the purchase of a new car.