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Dubai cars to get new number plate design

Vehicles registered in the city to get fresh design and colours under new RTA plans

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:33 August 20, 2014
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Gulf News
  • A number plate on a car registered in Dubai.

Dubai: Vehicles registered in Dubai will soon have number plates with new designs as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is working on plans to replace the existing designs and colours, Gulf News can confirm.

A senior RTA official told Gulf News that the authority is currently studying various designs and considering a new colour coding system for vehicle number plates of all categories but nothing has been finalised yet.

However, he revealed that all new number plates will bear the new Dubai logo, without divulging what the new logo will be.

He added that a specialised team is currently in the final stage of completing the study and the details of the new plan will be made public in the next few weeks.

Number plates in Dubai haven’t changed for decades. Private vehicles registered in the emirate have white plates with numbers in black, while commercial vehicles have green plates with white numbers. Recently, RTA launched number plates for classic cars, which are maroon in colour.

Classic cars were not allowed to ply on Dubai roads for lack of testing facilities until early 2012; however, with the new facility, many of these vintage beauties which were earlier confined to showrooms and garages are now back on the roads.

Last year, the authorities also launched personalised number plates with images of Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and other Dubai landmarks.

Earlier this year, RTA also revealed that they are considering introduction of smart or electronic number plates, which could help improve road safety, apart from having other benefits.

The smart number plates were on display at a transport exhibition earlier this year in Dubai and RTA had confirmed to Gulf News that it could be considered for the future.

Among the features of the smart plate is that it controls the speed of a vehicle according to the limit on a particular road, which could help improve safety, particularly on internal roads.

Other benefits of the technology are integration with RTA’s Salik, storage of data that can allow authorities to track movement of vehicles and identify criminals, auto deduction of parking fees, while also easing entry to and exit from parking areas, without the need to swipe cards.

Currently, RTA number plates cost Dh50 and it is not yet clear whether the new number plates will cost the same or more.

Comments (8)

  1. Added 14:40 August 21, 2014

    Burj khaleefa image is the best in the number plate of Dubai vehicles Dubai fastest developing city Dubai always no1 so Dubai need something different than other city.

    RASHID, dubai, India

  2. Added 12:23 August 21, 2014

    A few years ago Dubai used to have beautiful license plates which displayed the Burj Al Arab. Just for the sake of change, we had to turn these lovely plates in to get a set of the current ones which are BORING compared to the previous Burj version. Change for the sake of change is not always good. Think of the environmental impact manufacturing, transporting and recording new license plates because of constantly having to change existing metal license plates for a new set. The long-lasting paint applied also has a negative environmental impact, the reflective stuff is not simply water based paint! Drivers once again will have to needlessly bear the cost of such unnecessary changes by paying fees for new plates. If you want new plates then only require them on newly registered vehicles after the date of implementation.

    Louie Tedesco, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:50 August 21, 2014

    The old ones are fine. Why change it? Or is applicable only to new registered cars?

    Helmut Kizinger, Dubai, Germany

  4. Added 11:31 August 21, 2014

    I hope its more colourful and less boring. Do it like the UK which looks classy, or like the Americans which is colorful. But RTA, please do not raise prices or use it as an excuse to add charges. PS when are you going to do customised Licence Plates with words numbers and names?

    Omar Khan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:11 August 21, 2014

    Not sure about the design, not sure about the colour, not sure about the logo, not sure about the cost - then why this article? You could have waited until you had all the information.

    Ashok, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:08 August 21, 2014

    It will be EXPO 2020 logo with blue color and price 100. my guess... like before we saw Burj al Arab logo

    Ghalib, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 09:21 August 21, 2014

    What to do, what to say

    Aziz Khan, Dibba, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:12 August 21, 2014

    Why don't the RTA lookat the UAE roads which look more like a construction site? The whole country reflects never ending construction. Number plates are the least of anyones worries right now or for the foreseable future.

    andrew, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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