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SA number plates to change from Wednesday

MOTORISTS will start to notice something different on the state's roads from Wednesday.

SA's standard issue number plates are to get a new look as part of an Australia-wide move to eliminate duplication.

From Wednesday, number plates will comprise seven characters beginning with a fixed "S" followed by three numbers and three letters, for example, S123 ABC.

Motorcycle number plates will also adopt the fixed "S" to be followed by two numbers and three letters, for example, S12 ABC.

Registrar of Motor Vehicles Martin Small said the new plates will replace the current alpha numeric varieties that have now reached the end of their sequence.

"We've reached the end of the line with the current model and the change is timely given the potential for duplication to exist between state plates," he said.

"While the new plates serve the national interest, the unique 'S' clearly and concisely identifies the vehicle as being registered in South Australia."

The new plates will not carry a slogan but rather feature the words "South Australia" only in a move designed to most efficiently identify vehicles.

The range of slogan plates presently available for sale will be discontinued, but replacement plates will be available in the various existing formats until current stockpiles are exhausted.

Also, a new range of 'Euro' style number plates designed specifically for European cars will soon be released.

A slimline style, Euro plate will allow connoisseurs of European vehicles to add a distinctly SA flavour to their vehicle while maintaining the original look and feel.

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Hate to imagine how long it would take to get a nation wide system in place. What about all the doubled up personalised plates already out there.


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Err, if you goto the website, its just for standard issue plates nothing to do with personalised/vanity plates.

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Err, if you goto the website, its just for standard issue plates nothing to do with personalised/vanity plates.

Well, they'll certainly increase the sales of vanity plates because they are the ugliest standard SA plates yet.

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