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Simon gets his hands on euro style plates (and a nice beemer)

By johnboy 24 July 2012 39

euro style plates

Simon Corbell has announced the actual arrival of the much announced euro styled slimline number plates to fit european cars.

European number plates that are specially designed for European styled vehicles are now available for the first time in the ACT, Attorney General, Simon Corbell, announced today.

“These European number plates are available in some other jurisdictions, and following several inquiries about their existence in the ACT, I am pleased to be able to announce the roll-out of these new additions to the number plate selections in the Territory,” Mr Corbell said.

“This is the first time that specific plates, that fit European vehicles have been available for purchase in the ACT, and I am sure many motorists will be excited to get these plates on their vehicle.”

[Photo courtesy Simon Corbell’s office]

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Mrs_Potato_Head 11:34 am 26 Jul 12

SnapperJack said :

$400.00 for generic Euro plates when the Brumbies plates cost $180.00? How did they arrive at those pricings?

A very good question. I’m going to take a seat at the RTA at lunchtime just to watch the tweed wearing, leather elbow patched tossers stressing out as they make a decision on whether to get the Brumbies or Euro plates….Good times 🙂

AAMC 11:20 am 26 Jul 12

AAMC said :

I wonder if anyone has checked to see if the AFP’s RAPID system is able to read the new “European plates”?

Would have been a requirement for the plates.

you clearly have more faith in the ACT government than i do.

dungfungus 8:40 pm 25 Jul 12

AAMC said :

I wonder if anyone has checked to see if the AFP’s RAPID system is able to read the new “European plates”?

Reads them only if they are displayed on white Commodores.

Lardman 6:47 pm 25 Jul 12

PrinceOfAles said :

poetix said :

Gosh I’m feeling smug (an emotion I have never felt before). My new bike cost $600 (plus basket). That’s 1.5 euro-style number plates, for a form of transport I will use every day.

How do people justify spending money on these plates? I really don’t understand the attraction.

Mind you, my other bike is a Camry…

Tight arse :-p But seriously it puzzles me too. Each to their own/whatever floats your boat I guess.

*Shrug* I’m probably looking at these plates as well for when I finally purchase a car, It’s my money, I earn it, I can choose how to spend it. I’m still paying the same taxes everyone else does.
Not like you’re going to lose any sleep over it.

Masquara said :

wtf is a Labor minister doing promoting European car brands when thousands of Australian car workers are losing their jobs?

Pull your head out, buddy. He’s showing that European plates fit for a European car. Which they do. And look much better because they fit properly.

AAMC said :

I wonder if anyone has checked to see if the AFP’s RAPID system is able to read the new “European plates”?

Would have been a requirement for the plates.

lindilou 6:04 pm 25 Jul 12

What about Japanese plates?

AAMC 4:18 pm 25 Jul 12

I wonder if anyone has checked to see if the AFP’s RAPID system is able to read the new “European plates”?

Very Busy 9:08 pm 24 Jul 12

JessP said :

$400 for the pleasure of owning wanky number plate? FCS!

…and that’s just the start. Fees for transferring custom/personalised/unique number plates between cars have become absolutely stupid.

I know of someone who went to transfer a 5 digit numeric plate from one of their cars to another of their cars recently. Both cars in joint names but the primary operator on one was the additional operator on the other. The cost = $270. FFS, who came up with that? The solution was to swap the primary/additional names around on one of the cars to make the primary operator in the same name on both so that the transfer fee could come back down to $30.

That’s great except that one of the cars is now being driven by the person who is not listed as the primary operator. Very smart move by our wonderful ACT Government with all their speed and red light cameras to have the wrong drivers listed on the rego papers.

I would probably be happy enough to pay a price for a nice numberplate but after learning of this $270 fee I think I’ll give them a miss.

frank2112 8:04 pm 24 Jul 12

Now we just need properly sized american and japanese plates.

How_Canberran 6:24 pm 24 Jul 12

johnboy said :

Simon’s office has been in touch to clarify it is not Simon’s BMW and he denies owning one.

So he DOES drive an Audi R8 Spyder!

dungfungus 6:20 pm 24 Jul 12

Postalgeek said :

A sensible way to tax people with too much money.

“one can never have enough money” – Kerry Packer, 1989.

dungfungus 6:16 pm 24 Jul 12

johnboy said :

I’m pretty sure the continent of europe will not be going anywhere. European import cars will get massively more expensive however if the greeks, spaniards etc leave the euro and stop making german and french exports artificially competitive.

With respect johnboy, I was referring only to the number plates and not the cars. When you refer to “European import cars” remember that these days a lot of them are actually made in Asia. I have a “French” car that was made in 2007 in Turkey. The quality is faultless nevertheless.
It would be a good time to buy a BMW or a Merc (if you are a short person and can fit in one) as one way or another they are going to get more expensive soon. This will be because of Spain and Italy leaving the Euro (Alfa Romeos and Ferraris will be a lot cheaper then) or because the collapse of the Australian Dollar which is urgently needed to save what is left of our manufacturing and primary industry exporting industries.
Either way it is too late to save the Australian car making industry so maybe Corbells Euro plates will gather dust on the shelf along with the Australian ones.

c_c 6:11 pm 24 Jul 12

johnboy said :

Masquara said :

wtf is a Labor minister doing promoting European car brands when thousands of Australian car workers are losing their jobs?

Well these plates wouldn’t fit on an Australian made car.

They do fit, better on Aussie cars made for export though otherwise a bit cramped.
Funny thing is the new euro plates conform to an international standard. So if they don’t fit on an Aussie car, says something about how little we care about export potential.

Masquara 6:07 pm 24 Jul 12

johnboy said :

Masquara said :

wtf is a Labor minister doing promoting European car brands when thousands of Australian car workers are losing their jobs?

Well these plates wouldn’t fit on an Australian made car.

Doan maddah. Still bad messaging. 28 per cent and in freefall, Simon!

johnboy 6:00 pm 24 Jul 12

Masquara said :

wtf is a Labor minister doing promoting European car brands when thousands of Australian car workers are losing their jobs?

Well these plates wouldn’t fit on an Australian made car.

Masquara 5:59 pm 24 Jul 12

wtf is a Labor minister doing promoting European car brands when thousands of Australian car workers are losing their jobs?

Postalgeek 5:56 pm 24 Jul 12

A sensible way to tax people with too much money.

PantsMan 5:44 pm 24 Jul 12

Is the plate A YBA00A now worth more because it’s the same one that Simon Corbell posed with in his infamous ‘We’ve just got a few shot’s left on the end of the roll, why don’t we just take some “art shots” with your BMW, Simon?’ media event?

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