Malaysian motorists will soon be able to bid for vehicle registration plates with letters, word or numbers of their choice like Australia. Some individual might be fancy owning a personalised car number plate like TYPE-R 1, MINI 01, EVO 10 or even EDVIN 1.
According to Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said the personalised vehicle plates service would be made available to the public once the RTD computer system is upgraded.
He added, "We should be able to provide this service about six months after the new system is installed." Solah said the current computer system is not able to recognise the longer series of letters that would be used in the personalised plates.
Personally, I forseeing the introduction of the new personalised plates may affect the value of the current number plates.
The highest price paid for a number was RM200,900 in 2006 for the number TAN 1. Other numbers fetching high prices include JJJ 1 which went for RM140,000, and WMW 1 at RM104,500. For double digit numbers, such as 11, 22, 33 and 88 sell for between RM5,000 and RM15,000 each.
Source: Personal Plate '1' can cost you RM80,000 - NST