Dubai cars to get new number plate design

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

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A number plate on a car registered in Dubai.
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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.



    21-Aug-2014 14:40

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

  • Louie Tedesco

    21-Aug-2014 12:23

    A few years ago Dubai used to have beautiful license plates whichdisplayed the Burj Al Arab. Just for the sake of change, we had to turnthese lovely plates in to get a set of the current ones which are BORINGcompared to the previous Burj version. Change for the sake of change isnot always good. Think of the environmental impact manufacturing,transporting and recording new license plates because of constantlyhaving to change existing metal license plates for a new set. Thelong-lasting paint applied also has a negative environmental impact, thereflective stuff is not simply water based paint! Drivers once againwill have to needlessly bear the cost of such unnecessary changes bypaying fees for new plates. If you want new plates then only requirethem on newly registered vehicles after the date of implementation.

  • Helmut Kizinger

    21-Aug-2014 11:50

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

  • Omar Khan

    21-Aug-2014 11:31

    I hope its more colourful and less boring. Do it like the UK which looksclassy, or like the Americans which is colorful. But RTA, please do notraise prices or use it as an excuse to add charges. PS when are yougoing to do customised Licence Plates with words numbers and names?

  • Ashok

    21-Aug-2014 10:11

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

  • Ghalib

    21-Aug-2014 10:08

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

  • Aziz Khan

    21-Aug-2014 09:21

    What to do, what to say

  • andrew

    21-Aug-2014 09:12

    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.

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