Here’s your chance to own a fancy car plate before the year ends: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is offering 10 car plates bearing the dual code AA during its 97th open auction on Saturday at Westin Hotel , Al Habtoor City.
The ten numbers on offer comprise double, triple, quadruple and penta-digit plates 10, 12, 50, 100, 333, 786, 1000, 8888, 11111, and 55555.
Sultan Al Marzooki, director of vehicles licensing at RTA Licensing Agency, said: “This auction differs from previous auctions in the exclusivity of numbers offered. The bidder who obtains one or more of these numbers will enjoy the privilege of having these numbers removed from offering in RTA auctions till the end of next year (2018).
Registration for the auction can be made on the same day of the sale, from 2pm to 5pm at the venue. Participation in the auction requires the potential bidder to have a traffic file in Dubai. An amount of Dh120 has to be paid as subscription fee.
A cheque amounting to Dh25,000 also has to be deposited but can be redeemed in case no successful bid is made. Potential bidders can pay deposits and subscription fees by credit cards through the RTA website (www.rta.ae). A dedicated team at RTA’s call center (8009090) will be able to answer any further inquiries.
“Successful bidders have to settle the due amount within 10 working days starting from the closure of the auction to avoid deposit forfeiture and blacklisting of defaulters,” said Al Marzooki.
Meanwhile, the RTA also unveiled a new design for number plates. The new design of vehicle number plates is clear and easy to read from a distance. It is composed of three elements: The word Dubai (brand), number and code.
“The RTA would start replacing the existing plates of light vehicles by the newly designed plates from February 2018. Clients interested in the (regular) plate bearing Dubai brand in black colour would have their vehicle plates replaced at cost of Dh35 for short plates and Dh50 for long plates. Others opting for the coloured Dubai brand plate need to pay a fee of Dh400,” said Mattar Al Tayer, RTA director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors.