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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

‘WWW’ number plates to net record high prices

PUTRAJAYA: The “WWW” vehicle registration number may break the record as the most expensive registration number when booking starts on April 30.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said there had been many enquiries and telephone calls regarding the “WWW” registration number.

He said the huge interest could see the “WWW” registration num­ber recording the highest booking price in the country.

“One of the reasons the people are so interested in having the registration number is because it is the acronym of the World Wide Web.

“Based on the interest shown, we believe the registration number would not just be a hot item, but a record of the highest booking price,” he said yesterday.

The highest bid for a vehicle registration number in the country so far was MCA1, bought for RM300,100 in 2010, surpassing a previous record of RM242,000 for the Terengganu-issued TAY1.

Kong said bookings for the “WWW” registration number could be made at the Federal Territory’s Road Transport Department in the capital.

“The booking is opened until May 14 from 8am to noon,” he said.

He said there were four regi­stration number categories – pre­mium, attractive, popular and running.

“Premium numbers are from 1 to 10 with a minimum booking price of RM10,000 while “attractive” numbers are sold at a minimum of RM2,000.

“Popular and running numbers are sold at a minimum price of RM300,” he said.

Kong said the department collected an average of RM1.7mil annually from sales of registration numbers.

Last year, it collected more than RM1.8mil and the year before, it managed to get RM1.6mil.-the Star


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