The only thing you can tell with the first lettter "N" is that the vehicle was registered in 1988 or after that.Which city in Sweden is the vehicle license plate: NKH 4** ?
In some easteuropean counties retained the habit to start number combinations with 1 like in Croatia ZG#100-A and sometines it's due to avoid confusion like in ex Yugoslavia BG*10-00; BG*100-00; BG*100-000 but not, for example, BG*010-00. I do not see other reason but that habit for Greece because their system is pretty clear (can't be any confusion like in old Belgian 000-III and OOO-111); also can't see the reason for avoiding something like EEA-0000, specially because in some zones plates were exhausted so they issued neighboring-zone plates until obtaining new labels for zone (in Greece one zone can get several letter-codes).Is there any rational reason why numbers on greek licence plates runs in interval 1000-9999 lefting out combination starting with 0xxx. Is not it wasting of numbers?
Old plates were also reused in the Moscow City and Moscow Oblast (in codes 77 and 50 respectively). But it was a difficult procedure both for road police inspectors who wiewed vehicle registration databases containing many errors, and for manufacturer of LPs, who issued plates selectively (not by 999 pairs in selected literal combinations).I know that they have option of reusing of old combinations like in Swedish system, for example, but I think that this practice in CH is optional/vanity, not mandatory.
Omitting the 0000 - 0999 serie would have sense if there was three digit system earlier. Lets say, there was a car with licence plate NEX-175.In some easteuropean counties retained the habit to start number combinations with 1 like in Croatia ZG#100-A and sometines it's due to avoid confusion like in ex Yugoslavia BG*10-00; BG*100-00; BG*100-000 but not, for example, BG*010-00. I do not see other reason but that habit for Greece because their system is pretty clear (can't be any confusion like in old Belgian 000-III and OOO-111); also can't see the reason for avoiding something like EEA-0000, specially because in some zones plates were exhausted so they issued neighboring-zone plates until obtaining new labels for zone (in Greece one zone can get several letter-codes).
Interesting - if we going to logic city-number (like in Switzerland) with 1 on start than first issues should be something ZG#101-A or BG*10-01 (like in Romania 1966-1992, I think). However, in Yugoslavia (YU - SFRY and later FRY, SCG and finally SRB) four-digit plates could start with zero, but only for government vehicles (BG=01-15), so we have full million combinations per zone* (plus million for trailers, and 100'000 for motorbikes). In Croatia is allowed to get vanity plate with zero (ZG#007-JB).
* Usually - depends of municipality government another 100'000 for agricultural vehicles, 100'000 for agricultural non-powered machines, and 100'000 for mopeds.
But this is already too far from your question...
The only licenseplates that have 3 letters followed by 3 digits are from either Sweden, Hungary, Lithuania or Finland. The ones above look somewhat similar to the latest swedish license plates, but without the dot and there is too much space on the sides. My guess is that they are personal license plates or fake.Could someone help in identifying what are these plates and where are they from? Thanks
Probably Croatian font (easy to see from shape of pretty unique grapheme 1). I can't see - are letters in red? Maybe attempt to made fake old Belgian plate or new vanity (also fake).Could someone help in identifying what are these plates and where are they from? Thanks
Greeks use three letters and three numerals for motorbikes. However, they usually use different area codes for it, and there's no dash, so your question is still open...Omitting the 0000 - 0999 serie would have sense if there was three digit system earlier. Lets say, there was a car with licence plate NEX-175.
In case, the system had been suplemented by fourth digit, omission of first thousand would have been reasonable. Otherwise, the licence plates NEX-175 and NEX-0175 would have been very similar.
Afaik, Greece had system of two letters and four digits replaced in 80s with system of three letters and four digits.
And there's my answer. If we after all wanted letters on numeric side of plate we could use just T for taxis - but no, let's put one more letter which is not in our alphabet and which at least 50% of population can't read or read it on Cyrillic. Good job!Today I saw 2011-on system Serbian taxi plate from Belgrade (I'll randomize last 2 digits) BG+9214-TX. After just few years...
Does anybody have idea how it will be after expend of all combinations available? TX plates for taxi were optional at the beginnings of the application of the law, but they have become mandatory very soon in almost every city. Once again back on the old application of new system or again introduction of even newer one? Or maybe reusing/recirculation of combinations...
Just T instead TX would ensure 109998 instead 10998 combinations... and cleaner system. But now is too late for that.
Except zero - that we now use is variation of Prussian semiofficial font from 1830s (I can't find name now, as I remember there's something with R) which was base for Railroad font from 1905/1906 and later family of DIN 1451 (1930s-on). Almost same font is in use in Croatia for "Proba" plates (temp.).I also don't like the font. It is much better than FE-Schrift, but the glyphs are ridiculously narrow and therefore not properly legible.
That's letters, but I understand that, from English alphabet point of view, they are accents. That is against 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, but it is tolerated for registration zones if can't cause confusion - like in Germany: for example if there's ČA, ĐA and KŠ, there must not be CA, DA and KS. Using that in numeral part of combination is, at least, strange.Without mention they used the glyphs with accents.
Every country have two-letter and three-letter abbreviation, some could have one-letter, also. From those one is selected for oval - international mark in traffic. We choose SRB because it is linked with our first one - SB - and SRB more direct associate to Serbia than RS.I also don't like the "SRB" abbreviation. Why someone chooses the three-letter abbreviation if there is enough two-letter abbreviations? RS is not used by any country.
Not same plate but same reg. combination on the plate. This is problem in machine reading, because our does not support dashes, shields and colors (often nor even diff. between Č and C), so several plates are read as one. Again: you have to record combination, color of plate, color of font, and position of shield and dash; just one of these (combination) is not enough.If it is true that you can have the same plate on trailer and on the car, the system is fail..
Main trouble with BG zone is that, in addition to fact that covers our biggest city, also covers three other sub-cities (Lazarevac, Obrenovac and Mladenovac) which are only administrative connected to Belgrade. I do not see reason why they can't get own zone, maybe together with some other municipalities which declared same wish. BG area is simply so big that its size corrupt idea of registration zones.The regions should be equitable in terms of number of cars. I know it is hard to do in case of huge cities (eg Beograd) but if the city is much different from other areas, the system should have been different (e.g. B instead of BG with one more letter at the end).
+1Serbian plates are just wasted opportunity to improve some things. I am really disappointed.