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New car registrations: does having the newest number plate matter?

Take part in our survey where we as you whether having the latest car registration still carries any weight

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Projecting the right image is very important when it comes to cars: whether it be the badge on the bonnet, the size of your alloy wheels or the green stripe on your licence plate to indicate your car’s an EV. Speaking of number plates, does having the latest registration number still carry any car park kudos?

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Introduced in 2001, the current number plate system produces a new plate designation every March and September. The March plates show the year of issue (‘04’ for the 2000s, ‘14’ for the 2010s and ‘24’ for the 2020s) while number plates given out between September and February have 50 added to that previous number (‘54’ for the 2000s, ‘64’ for the 2010s and ‘74’ for the 2020s etc.).

But while having the latest numberplate may have held some cachet in the past, do people still care in 2024? As we approach the arrival of the ‘24’ registration in March, we’ve set up a survey to find out whether YOU – our DrivingElectric readers – think such a thing still carries any weight.

Click here to participate in our short numberplate survey!

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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