Eric Charlton

Eric Charlton

Former Minister for Transport

    Unveiling of new generation of vehicle licence plates

    5/07/1997 12:00 AM



    Transport Minister Eric Charlton today unveiled Western Australia's new generation of vehicle licence plates, which will come into general circulation from mid-July.


    The innovative combination of numbering, developed by Transport Project Manager Shane Poole, means that the plates will serve WA motoring needs for the next 140 years.


    The Minister also unveiled the design for the first 100 plates in the series which will be limited edition and carry a special commemorative badge. Just who gets these plates will be the subject of an announcement in the near future.


    The new general purpose plates contain seven characters, commencing with the characters 1AAA 000. It will take until the year 2137 to reach the number 1ZZZ 999.


    "Until now we have been getting just four or five years from each licence plate series and with the current nine series plates about to expire, Transport was keen to develop something which will provide long-term consistency," Mr Charlton said.


    The new plates, manufactured by Altona Industries at Wangara, are made from recyclable material. They are blue and white and carry a marketing logo developed for the WA Tourism Commission.


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