Friday, December 9, 2016

Which series are currently being issued? (9 December 2016)

Cars: 1-RFN-2** (9 December 2016, 11.26 a.m.)

Series issued today: RFN, RFP

Cars, square format: 1-CYU 80*; cars, small format: 1-AZR 79*

Dealers: 1-ZAZ-760; square format: 1-ZRA 023

Road tests: 1-ZZS-216; square format: 1-ZXA 045

Motorcycle dealers: 1-ZMA 478

Motorcycle road tests: 1-ZZM 342

Trailer dealers: 1-ZUA-259; square format: 1-ZUZ 001

Trailer road tests: 1-ZZU-529; square format: 1-ZZQ 003 


Index letters

CD: Corps Diplomatique

Cars: CD-AP-27*; square format: CD-YA 181; small format: CD-ZA 067

Motorcycles: CD-MA 055

G: agricultural vehicles

Tractor plates: G-LCA-063; square format: G-LXJ 37*; small format: G-LZD 838

M: motorcycles

Small format: M-AJT 7**

O: oldtimers

Cars: O-ACN-06*; square format: O-AYH 427; small format: O-AZF 938

Motorcycles: O-MAF 746

Trailers: O-QAA-106; square format: O-QYA 028; small format: O-QZA 001

Scooters, A Class: O-SAA 102 [Yet another problem: issuance seems was stuck between 30 September and 5 October…; issuance skipped from O-SAA-102 to O-SAA-201] OSAA 417

Scooters, B Class: O-SBA 529 [Yet another problem: issuance seems was stuck between 30 September and 4 October…; issuance skipped from O-SBA 529 to O-SBA 601] OSBB 599

Scooters, Micro cars: [none yet; O-SUA]; small format: O-SUW 002

Q: trailers

Long format: Q-ADX-2**; square format: Q-AYC 570; small format: Q-AZA 033

S: scooters

A Class, micro format (10 x 12 cm): SAEP 15* [NEW SERIES! First plate issued on 1 October 2016!]
Discontinued, small format: S-ABK-217 [Issuance seemed to be stuck again since 30 September…] 
[Update 10 October: it seems it was stuck because of skipped combinations because of the issuance of the new, micro format of scooter plates, 10 x 12 cm, as of 1 October 2016.]
 
[Plates S-ABH-108 to S-ABH-207 were skipped on 13 September for an unknown reason. The skipped numbers were issued on 22 and 23 September 2016, after issuance had reached S-ABJ-345. After S-ABH-207 was registered, issuance resumed at S-ABJ-346.]

B Class, micro format (10 x 12 cm): SBFX 61* [NEW SERIES! First plate issued on 1 October 2016: SBCI 027!!! For an unknown reason, SBCI 027 followed S-BCC 990 as the first micro plate… Issuance continued up to SBCI 936 on 5 October 2016 and was followed by SBFA 001.]
Discontinued, small format: S-BCC 990 [Update 10 October: it seems issuance was stuck because of the issuance of the new, micro format of scooter plates, 10 x 12 cm, as of 3 October 2016.]

[On 23 September 2016, issuance stopped at S-BCB 999 for an unknown reason; the following numbers were not issued until 29 September… It is possible that either unknown skipped numbers were issued (although unlikely), or the DIV skipped forward to an undetermined series. Based on the unusually high amount of registrations on 29 September (650+ !), another hypothesis would be that issuance was simply blocked due to some programming bug and that no S-B plates were issued between 23 and 29 September; the DIV was catching up with the delayed registrations on 29 and 30 September. Since then, the system was stuck again… :(]

Pedelecs: SPAB 248 [NEW SERIES! First plate issued on 3 October 2016!]

Micro cars, micro format (10 x 12 cm): SUAH 934 [NEW SERIES! First plate issued on 3 October 2016!]
[Yet another problem: issuance seemed be stuck again since 30 September… Issuance actually stopped at S-UAD-875 and resumed at S-UAG 043 on 3 October, using the new micro format.] 
Discontinued: long format: S-UAD-875; small format: S-UZB 014.
[It seems there was a problem on 17 December 2015 because no plates were issued until 21 December 2015… No UAC plates were issued between 17 and 21 June 2016…]

Dealers: S-ZAA 006 [small format]
(S-ZAA 002 registered on 11 May 2015; S-ZAA 003 registered on 10 March 2016; S-ZAA 004 registered on 25 April 2016; S-ZAA 005 registered on 04 August 2016; S-ZAA 006 registered on 10 November 2016)

Test plates: S-ZZA 002 (S-ZZA 001 registered on 9 March 2015; S-ZZA 002 registered on 02 August 2016) [small format]

(For some (illogical) reason, scooter dealers do not get plates in the same style as other dealers, e.g. 1-ZSA-001 or 1-ZZS-001…)

T: paid transportation services

Rental cars with chauffeur: T-LAD-224; square format: T-LYA 014; small format: T-LZA 032

Taxis: T-XAC-529; square format: T-XYA 003; small format: T-XZA 005

W: temporary plates ('World')

Cars, 2016: WA-16-BBF (total: 649 plates) [Skipped (7): AAP, AAS, AEL, ALA, ALI, ANE, ASS; AY*, AZ*]

Cars, 2017: WA-17-AOK (total: 373 plates) [Skipped (6): AAP, AAS, AEL, ALA, ALI, ANE]

Motorcycles, 2016: WM-16 AAJ (total: 10 plates)

Motorcycles, 2017: WM-17 AAE (total: 5 plates)

Trailers, 2017: WQ-17-AAA (total: 1 plate)

Scooters, 2017: WS-17 AAA (total: 1 plate)

X: export plates ('eXport')

Export plates, 2016: XA-16-KCW [issuance of 2016 plates has stopped on 1 December 2016] (total: 5,647 plates); square format: XA-16 AYA
['Forbidden' letters I, M, O, Q and W are used, probably because it increases the amount of combinations in the alphabetical sequence (26*26*26 = 17,576 combinations theoretically available instead of 21*21*21 = 9,261 [minus the reserved and forbidden series]). AAP, AAS, AEL, ALA, ALI (skipped for the first time!), ANE, ASS, BEB, BIT, BOM, BOY, BSP, BUB, BWP, CAP, CDF, CDH, CDV, CON, CSP, CUB, CUL, CUT, CVP, DCD, DIK, DOM, FAG [for the 1st time!], FAT [for the 1st time!], FDF, FNB [for the 1st time!], FOK, FOL, FOU, FUC, FUK, GAT, GAY, GEK, GOD, HIV, HOL, JEK and KAK were skipped (total: 44 plates), though, because they are forbidden combinations. Combinations starting with the letter I (IAA–IZZ) were skipped, too. AY*, AZ*, BY*, BZ*, CY*, CZ*, DY*, DZ*, EY*, EZ*, FY*, FZ*, GY*, GZ*, HY*, HZ*, JY* and JZ* combinations were skipped as well because they are reserved for square and small formats.]

Export plates, 2017: XA-17-AGT (total: 173 plates) [NEW SERIES! First plates issued on 13 October 2016!] [Skipped (3): AAP, AAS, AEL]

Export motorcycle plates: XM-16 AAN (total: 14 plates)

Export trailer plates, 2016: XQ-16-AHX (total: 203 plates) [Skipped (3): AAP, AAS, AEL]

Export trailer plates, 2017: XQ-17-AAB (total: 2 plates) [Skipped (0): / ] [NEW SERIES! First plates issued on 2 December 2016!]

Export scooter plates [none yet; coding: XS-**-***] 

[Y: technical verifications (upcoming)]

[Z: dealers (upcoming)]

Most recent plate spotted by myself: 1-REJ-*** (spotted on 5 December 2016) 

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Estimates for the next days (ordinary cars):

Friday 9 December: RFK, RFL, RFN, RFP*
Saturday 10 December: RFR* 
Monday 12 December: RFR, RFS, RFT, RFU* 
Tuesday 13 December: RFV, RFX, RFY, RFZ*
Wednesday 14 December: RFZ, RGA, RGB, RGC*


* Unless the DIV suddenly goes back to skipped JB*, JC*, JD* or LJ* series (see below).
[The letters I, M, O, Q and W are no longer in use.]  
[Next skipped series: SEX (around June 2017).]
[1-TX* and 1-W** series will be skipped because they were previously used or reserved for taxis or motorcycles, repectively; besides, W is not being used anymore.]

Some problems occurred:
– plates ranging from 1-JBA-201 up to 1-JBZ-999 were skipped. Then, plates ranging from 1-JCA-001 up to 1-JCB-201 were issued, before plates ranging from 1-JCB-202 to 1-JDZ-999 were skipped as well for an unknown reason. The issuance of registration numbers resumed at 1-JEA-001.
– plates ranging from 1-LJA-001 to 1-LJH-999 were also skipped for no reason. 
It appears that these plates were simply not made because they have never been ordered to the plate maker in the first place. One can assume that a mistake occurred at the level of orders, i.e. at bpost level.

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2015 highs (i.e. highest combinations on 31 December 2015 at 11.59 p.m.):
  • Cars: 1-LXZ-834 ; square format: 1-CYK 018; small format: 1-AZG 158 / 1-AZN 511
  • Motorcycles: M-AEZ 253
  • Trailers: Q-ACC-738; square format: Q-AYB 410; small format: Q-AZA 019
  • Oldtimer cars: O-ABL-085; square format: O-AYE 263; small format: O-AZD 365
  • Oldtimer motorcycles: O-MAC 421
  • Oldtimer trailers: O-QAA-045 ; square format: O-QYA 018
  • Oldtimer scooters, A Class: O-SAA 002
  • Oldtimer scooters, B Class: O-SBA 018
  • Dealers: 1-ZAX-926; square format: 1-ZRA 020
  • Road tests: 1-ZZP-810; square format: 1-ZXA 033
  • Motorcycle dealers: 1-ZMA 444
  • Motorcycle road tests: 1-ZZM 307
  • Trailer dealers: 1-ZUA-236; square format: 1-ZUZ 001
  • Trailer road tests: 1-ZZU-492; square format: 1-ZZQ 003
  • Taxis: T-XAB-500; square format: T-XYA 002; small format: T-XZA 004
  • Rental cars with chauffeur: T-LAB-704; square format: T-LYA 005; small format: T-LZA 019
  • Temporary plates: 1-052998 (16)
  • Motorcycle temporary plates: 1-999 806 (15)
  • Diplomatic cars: CD-AL-535; square format: CD-YA 164; small format: CD-ZA 063
  • Diplomatic motorcycles: CD-MA 023
  • Tractors: G-LBW-870; square format: G-LYC 173 (+ G-LXH-002 and G-LYZ-701); small format: G-LZD 622
  • Scooters, A Class: S-AAJ 808
  • Scooters, B Class: S-BAR 430
  • Scooters, micro cars: S-UAB-127; small format: S-UZA 301
  • Scooter dealers: S-ZAA-002
  • Scooter road tests: S-ZZA-001
Discontinued – highs:
  • Motorcycles: 1-MNS-916
  • Trailers: 1-QFJ-391, 1-QYD-313, 1-QZA-051
  • Oldtimers: 1-OBX-098, 1-OYK-609, 1-OZH-338
  • Oldtimer trailers: 1-OQA-058
  • Taxis: 1-TXF-234, 1-TXY-008, 1-TXZ-013
  • Rental cars with driver: 2-TXL-881, 1-TXH-036, 1-TXV-067 
  • International plates, cars: 8-AAV-526; 8-AYA-724; 8-AZA-461
  • International plates, motorcycles: 8-MAB-375
  • International plates, trailers: 8-QAA-099; 8-QYA-004
  • Temporary plates, cars:  1-040399 (14) / 1-051664 (15) / 1-056570 (16) / 1-057002 (17)
  • Temporary plates, motorcycles: 1-999 665 (14)  1-999 776 (15) / 1-999 815 (16)

 2014 highs (i.e. highest combinations on 31 December 2014 at 11.59 p.m.):
  • Cars: 1-JJD-217; square format: 1-BYZ 082; small format: 1-AZK 071
  • Motorcycles: M-AAN 408
  • Trailers: Q-AAG-881; square format: Q-AYA 242
  • Oldtimer cars: O-AAD-951; square format: O-AYA 630; small format: O-AZA 501
  • Oldtimer motorcycles: O-MAA 202
  • Oldtimer trailers: O-QAA-004 ; square format: O-QYA 004
  • Dealers: 1-ZAV-536; square format: 1-ZRA 019
  • Road tests: 1-ZZO-087; square format: 1-ZXA 027
  • Motorcycle dealers: 1-ZMA 399
  • Motorcycle road tests: 1-ZZM 263
  • Trailer dealers: 1-ZUA-213; square format: 1-ZUZ 001
  • Trailer road tests: 1-ZZU-441; square format: 1-ZZQ 003
  • Taxis: T-XAA-252; square format: T-XYA 001; small format: T-XZA 001
  • Rental cars with chauffeur: T-LAA-317; small format: T-LZA 006
  • Temporary plates: 1-042761 (15)
  • Motorcycle temporary plates: 1-999 710 (15)
  • Diplomatic cars: CD-AJ-558; square format: CD-YA 135; small format: CD-ZA 051
  • Diplomatic motorcycles: CD-MA 004
  • Tractors: G-LBR-858; square format: G-LXE 199; small format: G-LZD 157
  • Scooters, A Class: S-AAD 368
  • Scooters, B Class: S-BAF 338
  • Scooters, micro cars: S-UAA-364; small format: S-UZA 087

(Total chaos for tractor plates: between 9 and 14 October 2014 combinations skipped in August were issued, ranging from G-LYY-375 to G-LYY-531. Then the issuing process went back to G-LXC-003 until G-LXE-004 [1999 plates]. On 16 December 2014, the DIV started issuing skipped combinations again, as of G-LYY-532 until G-LYZ-024. On 23 December 2014, issuance resumed as of G-LXE-005. Once G-LXE-999 had been reached on 23 January 2015, issuance went back to G-LYZ-025. On 27 January 2015, a leap from G-LYZ-091 to G-LXF-001 occurred. After reaching G-LXG-001 on 26 Januray 2015, issuance went back to G-LYZ-092 and continued until G-LYZ-562 on 19 May 2015, then plates following G-LXG-002 started being issued until 6 November 2015 with G-LXH-002. Then, as of 9 November 2015, issuance resumed at G-LYZ-563. It continued up to G-LYZ-701 on 16 December 2015, then issuance went back to G-LYC-103 and following, because some 300 plates had been skipped in October 2013!!!!!!!  "It's a complete and utter shambles!" [Lord Sugar] G-LYC-402 was issued on 16 February 2016 and was followed by G-LYZ-702. Issuance continued up to G-LYZ-998; then, G-LXH-003 followed. This means that G-LYZ-999 is the only plate in the G-LY* range that has never been issued.)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

News: "Voici la mini-plaque obligatoire pour les cyclos" (LAvenir.net)

Voici la mini-plaque obligatoire pour les cyclos


Voici la mini-plaque obligatoire pour les cyclos


La DIV a mis en place une plaque plus petite et adaptée à la taille d’un vélo électrique concernée par la nouvelle réglementation. Elle fait 10 cm sur 12 cm et est désormais disponible.
Ce 1er octobre, un nouveau cadre légal entrera en vigueur et vient mettre de l’ordre dans tout ce qui concerne les cyclomoteurs et les vélos électriques notamment.

Pas de bouleversement pour les vélos électriques et vélos motorisés ne dépassant pas les 25 km/h. Les vélos speed pedelecs sont par contre fortement impactés, comme nous vous l’expliquions la semaine dernière.

Ces vélos, qui développent une puissance inférieure ou égale à 4000 W, avec une vitesse inférieure ou égale à 45 km/h, sont désormais considérés comme des cyclomoteurs. Avec permis et plaque d’immatriculation obligatoires. Date butoir pour se mettre en ordre: le 11 décembre 2016.


La plaque pour les cyclomoteurs taille «moto» (14x21 cm) était un peu grande pour venir garnir l’arrière d’un vélo. La DIV a donc sorti une plaque minéralogique plus petite (10x12 cm), plus adaptée.

Elle comporte 4 lettres et 3 chiffres et commence par un «S». Le prix de cette mini-plaque a été fixé à 30 euros.

Outre les speed pedelecs, les petites voitures sans permis, les quads légers, les cyclomoteurs et les scooters de classe A et B doivent aussi s’équiper de ces plaques.

La deuxième lettre de la plaque permettra d’identifier le type de véhicule: SA pour les cyclomoteurs de classe A, SB pour les cyclomoteurs de classe B, SP pour les speed pedelecs, SU pour les quadricycles légers (voitures sans permis, quads légers…).

Source: http://www.lavenir.net/cnt/dmf20160928_00887689

Sunday, March 16, 2014

New Belgian License Plates // Les nouvelles plaques d'immatriculation belges // Nieuwe Belgische nummerplaten

In the course of 2014, the Belgian Office for the Registration of Vehicles (DIV) will issue several new categories of license plates, as announced by State Secretary for Mobility Melchior Wathelet on Thursday 13 March 2014.

Summary:
  • 31 March 2014: vanity plates (see other entry) and scooter plates (S)
  • 30 June 2014: motorcycles (M), oldtimers (O), trailers (Q), taxis (T-X) and rental cars with chauffeur (T-L) EDIT (July 2014): the introduction of these plates has been postponed to October 2014 (at least) because the DIV could not meet the deadline
  • 1 October 2014: professional plates (checkups [Y*] and demonstrations [Z*])
  • 31 October 2014 (provisional date): temporary [W*] and export plates [X*]
  • T.B.D.: national temporary plates [N*]

1. Scooters

On 31 March 2014, scooter plates will be introduced. Belgium was the last country in Europe where scooters did not have any registration, which sometimes caused problems when people drove to other countries on their scooters. The new scooter plates will not only solve this issue, but also make scooter owners identifiable (e.g. in the event of an accident or speeding).

A distinction is made between A-class scooters (speed limit: 25 km/h) and B-class scooters (speed limit: 45 km/h).
  • A-class scooters will get combinations ranging from S-AAA-001 to S-AZZ-999 (and S-CAA-001 to S-CZZ-999 if necessary)
  • B-class scooters will get combinations ranging from S-BAA-001 to S-BZZ-999
    (and S-DAA-001 to S-DZZ-999 if necessary)
  • Micro cars with bodywork (e.g. Aixams, Ligiers, G-Whizzes) will get combinations ranging from S-UAA-001 to S-UZZ-999 [U stands for 'unusual'; such vehicles fall under the S index letter because they are legally considered as scooters]

 

Plates for oldtimer scooters (i.e. aged 25 or more), taxis and diplomats will follow later (see also below):
  • O-SAX-111: A-class scooters
  • O-SBX-111: B-class scooters
  • O-SUX-111: micro cars with bodywork
  • T-XSA-111: A-class scooters used as taxis
  • T-XSB-111: B-class scooters used as taxis
  • T-XSU-111: micro cars with bodywork used as taxis (+ T-XSY and T-XSZ for the small format)
  • CD-SA-111: A-class scooters used by diplomats (+ CD-SC-111)
  • CD-SB-111: B-class scooters used by diplomats (+ CD-SD-111)
  • CD-SU-111: micro cars with bodywork used by diplomats (+ CD-SV-111 and CD-SY or SZ for the small format)

2. Motorcycles

On 30 June 2014In October 2014, new combinations for motorcycles will appear. Since 15 November 2010, all registrations started with the index digit 1, followed by a group of three letters starting with M, fo three digits (e.g. 1-MXX-111). In keeping with the idea of introducing index letters to distinguish the different categories of vehicles, motorcycles will henceforth have a registration starting with the index letter M, followed by three serial letters above three serial digits (e.g. M-XXX-111). There will be no subcategories. 15,609,375 combinations will be available.



3. Oldtimers

As of 30 June 2014 October 2014, oldtimers will get a new range of combinations, similar to motorcycle plates. Since 15 November 2010, all registrations started with the index digit 1, followed by a group of three letters starting with O, followed by three digits (e.g. 1-OXX-111). In keeping with the idea of introducing index letters to distinguish the different categories of vehicles, motorcycles will henceforth have a registration starting with the index letter O, followed by three serial letters above three serial digits (e.g. O-XXX-111).


A few subcategories will be created (X and 1 stand for any letter and digit, respectively):
  • O-AXX-111: ordinary oldtimers (624,375 combinations)
  • O-MXX-111: motorcycles (624,375 combinations)
  • O-QXX-111: trailers (624,375 combinations)
  • O-SXX-111: scooters
    • O-SAX-111: A-class scooters (24,975 combinations)
    • O-SBX-111: B-class scooters (24,975 combinations)
    • O-SUX-111: micro cars with bodywork (24,975 combinations)

4. Trailers

Trailers, too, will be issued a new type of registration, just like the aforementioned categories, as of 30 June 2014 October 2014. Since 15 November 2010, all registrations started with the index digit 1, followed by a group of three letters starting with Q, followed by three digits (e.g. 1-QXX-111). In keeping with the idea of introducing index letters to distinguish the different categories of vehicles, motorcycles will henceforth have a registration starting with the index letter Q, followed by three serial letters above three serial digits (e.g. Q-XXX-111). There will be no subcategories. 15,609,375 combinations will be available.


5. Taxis

Another type of plates will be adapted on 30 June 2014 October 2014: taxi plates. Since 15 November 2010, all taxi registrations started with the index digit 1, followed by a group of three letters starting with TX, followed by three digits (e.g. 1-TXX-111). In keeping with the idea of introducing index letters to distinguish the different categories of vehicles, motorcycles will henceforth have a registration starting with the index letter Q, followed by three serial letters starting with X above three serial digits (e.g. T-XXX-111).


A few series are reserved for scooters used as taxis:
  • T-XSA-111: A-class scooters (999 combinations; if necessary: T-111-XSA)
  • T-XSB-111: B-class scooters (999 combinations; if necessary: T-111-XSB)
  • T-XSU-111: micro cars with bodywork (+ T-XSY and T-XSZ for the small format)

6. Rental cars with chauffeur
 
A last category will undergo a change on 30 June 2014 in October 2014: plates for rental cars with chauffeur. Since 15 November 2010, all rental cars with chauffeur registrations started with the index digit 1, followed by a group of three letters starting with TXL, TXR, TXH or TXV, followed by three digits (e.g. 1-TXL-111), or the index digit 2 followed by the letters TXL (e.g. 2-TXL-111). In keeping with the idea of introducing index letters to distinguish the different categories of vehicles, motorcycles will henceforth have a registration starting with the index letter T, followed by three serial letters starting with L above three serial digits (e.g. T-LXX-111). 624,975 combinations will be available.



7. Professional plates: technical checkup

Since 1997, dealers have had the possibility to apply for so-called 'road tests plates' (plates with a registration starting with ZZ*, ZZ* or 1-ZZ*) in order to check whether their vehicles were technically able to drive on the road. Unfortunately, unscrupulous dealers decided to rent these plates to people who wanted to go to official technical check facilities (e.g. for homologation) but had no regular plates to do so. It has therefore been decided to put an end to such practices by both clarifying the legislation and limiting the cases in which such technical checkup plates can be used.

Use:
  • only by professionals in the automotive sector (i.e. dealers and their staff)
  • test drives after an upkeep, repairs, or for running in a new vehicle
  • rides from dealership to the customs
  • rides to and from official technical checkup facilities
  • rides to a customer's residence to deliver the vehicle to them
  • note that the vehicle equipped with a Y license plate does not have to belong to the owner of the Y plate, unlike the Z license plate [see below])
Furthermore, the plate cannot be lent or rented, and it cannot be used by vehicles taking place in racing events.

The new registration will start with the index letter Y, followed by another letter indicating the vehicle category, then the last two digits of the year of validity, and finally three serial letters.


By embossing the year directly onto the plate instead of using stickers, it will be easier to detect whether a plate is valid or not. Besides, since these plates will be renewed each year, it will ensure that those commercial plates remain in a decent state (many dealers do not hesitate to drill extra holes in the plates or bend them, which causes them to look ugly).
 
The following subcategories will be created (X and 1 stand for any letter and digit, respectively):
  • YA-11-XXX: cars, vans, trucks
  • YE-11-XXX: equipment companies (i.e. those creating security equipment for motor vehicles)
  • YM-11-XXX: motorcycles
  • YO-11-XXX: museums
  • YP-11-XXX: police
  • YQ-11-XXX: trailers
  • YR-11-XXX: research (i.e. universities and university colleges developing cars or motors)
  • YS-11-XXX: scooters
  • YT-11-XXX: customs agencies
  • YY-11-XXX: SHAPE and NATO (these organizations appear to import a lot of vehicles and they need such a plate to drive these cars from a harbour to the customs)

8. Professional plates: commercial test drives

The uses of the 'ordinary' dealer plates will be redefined as of 1 October 2014 to avoid fraud. The new Z plate (superseding the previous Z**, Z** and 1-Z** plates) is destined to be used by automotive dealers and sellers for the following purposes:
  • regular use of a new or used vehicle by the dealer or members of staff
  • this vehicle must be the property of the dealer and must have been checked by competent authorities (at official technical checkup facilities)
  • commercial test drive with potential customers, on the basis of a signed agreement between the dealer and the potential customers
  • loan of a new or used vehicle as a replacement for someone whose vehicle is being checked or upkept at the dealer's, for a maximum duration of 7 days
  • the Z plate cannot be used to go to official technical checkup facilities)
  • the Z plate cannot be used by vehicles taking part in racing events
The new registration will start with the index letter Z, followed by another letter indicating the vehicle category, then the last two digits of the year of validity, and finally three serial letters.


By embossing the year directly onto the plate instead of using stickers, it will be easier to detect whether a plate is valid or not. Besides, since these plates will be renewed each year, it will ensure that those commercial plates remain in a decent state (many dealers do not hesitate to drill extra holes in the plates or bend them, which causes them to look ugly).

The following subcategories will be created (X and 1 stand for any letter and digit, respectively):
  • ZA-11-XXX: cars, vans, trucks
    • ZA-11-AAA to VZZ: rectangular format (13,750 combinations)
    • ZA-11-WAA to XZZ: square format (1,250 combinations)
    • ZA-11-YAA to ZZZ: small format (1,250 combinations)
  • ZM-11-XXX: motorcycles (small format only; 15,625 combinations)
  • ZQ-11-XXX: trailers
    • ZQ-11-AAA to XZZ: rectangular format (15,000 combinations)
    • ZQ-11-YAA to YZZ: square format (625 combinations)
    • ZQ-11-ZAA to ZZZ: small format (625 combinations)
  • ZS-11-XXX: scooters
    • ZS-11-AAA to VZZ: rectangular format (13,750 combinations)
    • ZS-11-WAA to XZZ: square format( 1,250 combinations)
    • ZS-11-YAA to ZZZ: small format

9. Temporary transit plates

As of 31 October 2014, the following plate will replace the current generation of temporary plates of short duration introduced on 15 November 2010 (index digit 1 followed by a dash and six serial numbers [e.g. 1-012345]; its validity was indicated by a blue or red sticker for the month and the embossed last two digits of a given year).

The new registration will start with the letter W (standing for 'world'), followed by another letter indicating the vehicle category, then the last two digits of the year of validity, and finally three serial letters.


The following subcategories will be created (X and 1 stand for any letter and digit, respectively):
  • WA-11-XXX: cars, vans, trucks (15,625 combinations)
  • WM-11-XXX: motorcycles (15,625 combinations)
  • WQ-11-XXX: trailers (15,625 combinations)
  • WS-11-XXX: scooters
    • WS-11-AXX: A-class scooters (625 combinations)
    • WS-11-BXX: B-class scooters (625 combinations)
    • WS-11-UXX: micro cars with bodywork (625 combinations)
      • WS-11-UAA to UVZ: rectangular plates (575 combinations)
      • WS-11-UWA to UZZ: small plates (100 combinations)
The end of the validity of such temporary plates will be indicated by two blue or red stickers (one for the day and one for the month) placed above and below the second dash, or to the left of the group of serial letters in the case of square or small plates.
  • Blue stickers: if VAT and fees have been paid; validity of 6 months; renewable
  • Red stickers: if VAT and fees have not been paid (exemption); validity of 4 months; not renewable

10. Temporary export plates

A brand-new category of plates will be created to solve a problem. Indeed, until now, people who wanted to sell their car abroad did not have any other solution than using plates from another vehicle (which they sometimes did not even own), illegally rented test drive plates, or resorted to temporary plates from France, Germany or the Netherlands. Thanks to the forthcoming X plate, people will be able to drive their car out of Belgium.

The new registration will start with the letter X (standing for 'export'), followed by another letter indicating the vehicle category, then the last two digits of the year of validity, and finally three serial letters.


It has a validity of maximum 15 days.

The following subcategories will be created (X and 1 stand for any letter and digit, respectively):
  • XA-11-XXX: cars, vans, trucks (15,625 combinations)
  • XM-11-XXX: motorcycles (15,625 combinations)
  • XQ-11-XXX: trailers (15,625 combinations)
  • XS-11-XXX: scooters
    • XS-11-AXX: A-class scooters (625 combinations)
    • XS-11-BXX: B-class scooters (625 combinations)
    • XS-11-UXX: micro cars with bodywork (625 combinations)
      • XS-11-UAA to UVZ: rectangular plates (575 combinations)
      • XS-11-UWA to UZZ: small plates (100 combinations)

11. Temporary national plates

This plate, which is still at project stage, would be a temporary plate with a one-month validity that would be used by individuals who cannot get their vehicle registered because of a given administrative problem or procedure that is taking some time (e.g. compliance upgrade, technical checkup, passing customs).

Uses:
  • driving to and from an official technical checkup facility
  • driving to and from offices in order to obtain a certificate of conformity
  • driving to different places in view of exporting the vehicle (e.g. ride to a dealership, the customs, etc.)
Restrictions:
  • the vehicle equipped with such a plate will have to be insured for at least one month
  • only individuals registered in the Belgian National Registry will be able to obtain such a plate
  • only the individual who has requested the plate will be allowed to drive the vehicle
  • once the limit of validity has been reached, the plate will be crossed off; no renewal will be possible. The vehicle will then have to be registered under an ordinary plate (1-***), a temporary transit plate (W*) or an temporary export plate (X*)
The goal of this new type of registration is to counter the illegal use of fake or foreign temporary plates or even rented professional plates in order to move a vehicle in or out of Belgium.

The new registration will start with the letter N (standing for 'national'), followed by another letter indicating the vehicle category, then the last two digits of the year of validity, and finally three serial letters.


The following subcategories will probably be created (X and 1 stand for any letter and digit, respectively):
  • NA-11-XXX: cars, vans, trucks (15,625 combinations)
  • NM-11-XXX: motorcycles (15,625 combinations)
  • NQ-11-XXX: trailers (15,625 combinations)
  • NS-11-XXX: scooters (15,625 combinations)