Pressure is mounting on the government of Ireland to omit the use of the number 13 on vehicle registration plates. The system of vehicle registrations in Ireland is very similar to that of Great Britain; the registration mark contains a year identifier relevant to the year the vehicle is first registered. That means under current rules, cars registered in Ireland from January 2013 through to December 2013 would contain ‘unlucky’ number 13.
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) claims superstitious buyers will choose to postpone the purchase of a new car until 2014 to ensure they do not have ‘unlucky 13’ on their car number plates. It is estimated that as much as 8% of the population of Ireland are uncomfortable with the number 13. That could equate to 5,000 less cars being purchased in 2013 which would have a serious impact on the already depressed Irish motor industry.
Number 13 – Unlucky for Some?
Whilst some motorists have dismissed the idea as laughable, many other industries are conscious of the discomfort associated with number 13. House builders have long been aware of the situation with many choosing to skip the number altogether when allocating house numbers to new build properties. Many hotels also choose not to have a 13th floor over worries that guests would boycott rooms. Very seldom will you see a button in a lift indicating the 13th floor. So maybe the concerns voiced by the Irish motor industry are indeed valid.
The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) along with the Government of the United Kingdom may be watching proceedings in Ireland with interest. Our own system of car registrations would see the introduction of the number 13 on the number plates of vehicles registered from the 1st of March next year. I would presume we have just as many superstitious British car buyers as our Irish counterparts. Could this also mean fewer cars being registered in Great Britain between 1st March and the 31st August 2013?
At Simply Registrations we are keen to hear what you have to say about the number 13 on registration plates. Would you deliberately not buy a car if it had the number 13 as part of the registration mark, or is this a just a load of nonsense and another example of people allowing superstitions to rule their lives?
Please add your comments below stating whether you are for, or against, the issuing of 13 number plates in either the UK or Ireland.