13 number plates unlucky for some

13 number plates unlucky for some

Drivers who regard 13 as an unlucky number may be given the chance to avoid having it on their number plates next year, it has emerged.

Motorists who buy a new car registered from March 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013 could opt to have it registered as a 62-plate under the DVLA's plans, effectively keeping it the same as vehicles registered from September 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013.

However, the VRA has warned this could pose a "challenge" to the used-car market because people who don't pick up on the one-off change might undervalue a car on the basis that it has the apparently older number plate.

Under the DVLA's proposal number plates would then revert back to the usual pattern - so in other words 63 registration plates will be introduced from September 1, 2013.

The quirk is "something for the used market to consider in spring next year", the VRA added.

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