Thursday, February 23, 2017

Which series are currently being issued? (23 February 2017)

Cars:

            (23 February 2017, 12.46 p.m.)

Series issued today: RTC, RTD

Cars, square format: 1-CYX 52*; cars, small format: 1-AZS 32*

Dealers: 1-ZBA-509; square format: 1-ZRA 023

Road tests: 1-ZZS-803; square format: 1-ZXA 048

Motorcycle dealers: 1-ZMA 484

Motorcycle road tests: 1-ZZM 352

Trailer dealers: 1-ZUA-266; square format: 1-ZUZ 001

Trailer road tests: 1-ZZU-551; square format: 1-ZZQ 003 


Index letters

CD: Corps Diplomatique

Cars: CD-AP-68*; square format: CD-YA 186; small format: CD-ZA 069

Motorcycles: CD-MA 062

G: agricultural vehicles

Tractor plates: G-LCA-59*; square format: G-LXJ 62*; small format: G-LZD 875

M: motorcycles

Small format: M-AKE 3**

O: oldtimers

Cars: O-ACT-27*; square format: O-AYH 853; small format: O-AZG 329

Motorcycles: O-MAG 347

Trailers: O-QAA-116; square format: O-QYA 028; small format: O-QZA 001

Scooters, A Class: O-SAA 102 [Yet another problem: issuance was stuck between 30 September and 5 October…; issuance skipped from O-SAA-102 to O-SAA-201] OSAA 555

Scooters, B Class: O-SBA 529 [Yet another problem: issuance was stuck between 30 September and 4 October…; issuance skipped from O-SBA 529 to O-SBA 601] OSBC 222

Scooters, Micro cars: OSUA 101 [NEW SERIES! First plate issued on 7 February 2017]; small format: O-SUW 002

Q: trailers

Long format: Q-AEE-5**; square format: Q-AYC 778; small format: Q-AZA 035

S: scooters

A Class, micro format (10 x 12 cm): SAEV 47* [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.] [Fewer plates were issued between 11 December 2016 and 10 January 2017 because of legal restrictions.]
 
[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): SBGE 96* [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.] [Fewer plates were issued between 11 December 2016 and 10 January 2017 because of legal restrictions.]

[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: SPAC 239 [NEW SERIES! First plate issued on 3 October 2016!]

Micro cars, micro format (10 x 12 cm): SUAK 131 [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.] 
[On 20 December 2016, issuance stopped at SUAH 999 and resumed at SUAJ 501 on 21 December 2016.]
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 010 [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; S-ZAA 007 registered on 9 January 2017; S-ZAA 008 registered on 20 January 2017; S-ZAA 009 registered on 31 January 2017; S-ZAA-010 issued on 10 February 2017)

Test plates: S-ZZA 004 (S-ZZA 001 registered on 9 March 2015; S-ZZA 002 registered on 02 August 2016; S-ZZA 003 registered on 14 December 2016; S-ZZA 004 registered on 2 February 2017) [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-575; square format: T-LYA 014; small format: T-LZA 036

Taxis: T-XAC-758; square format: T-XYA 003; small format: T-XZA 005

W: temporary plates ('World')

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

Motorcycles: WM-16 AAJ (total: 9 plates)

2017
Cars, 2017: WA-17-AWC (total: 564 plates) [Skipped (7): AAP, AAS, AEL, ALA, ALI, ANE, ASS]; square format: WA-17-AZA [New series! First plate issued on 30 January 2017]

Motorcycles, 2017: WM-17 AAF (total: 6 plates)

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

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

X: export plates ('eXport') 

2016 (discontinued)
Cars: 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.]

Motorcycles: XM-16 AAN (total: 14 plates)

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

2017
Cars: XA-17-DFT (total: 1,977 plates) [NEW SERIES! First plates issued on 13 October 2016!] [Skipped (24): AAP, AAS, AEL, ALA, ALI, ANE, ASS, BEB, BIT, BOM, BOY, BSP, BUB, BWP, CAP, CDF, CDH, CDV, CON, CSP, CUB, CUL, CUT, CVP, DCD; AY*, AZ*, BY*, BZ*, CY*, CZ*]; small format: XA-17-AZA (1 plate) [New series! First plate issued on 13 October 2016]

Motorcycles: XM-17 AAE (total: 5 plates) [NEW SERIES! First plate issued on 7 December 2016]

Trailers: XQ-17-ADL (total: 87 plates) [Skipped (2): AAP, AAS] [NEW SERIES! First plate issued on 2 December 2016!]

Export scooter plates [none yet; coding: XS-17-***] 

[Y: technical verifications (upcoming)]

[Z: dealers (upcoming)]

Most recent plate spotted by myself: 1-RSE-*** (spotted on 19 February 2017) 

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Estimates for the next days (ordinary cars):

Friday 24 February: RTE, RTF, RTG, RTH* 
Saturday 25 February: RTH* 
Monday 27 February: RTH, RTJ, RTK, RTL, RTN* 
Tuesday 28 February: RTP, RTR, RTS, RTT* 
Wednesday 1 March: RTU, RTV, RTX, RTY*


* 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. 1-U** series might be skipped because they were originally reserved for trailers…]

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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2016 highs (i.e. highest combinations on 31 December 2016 at 11.59 p.m.):
  • Cars: 1-RHT-015; square format: 1-CYV 219; small format: 1-AZR 941
  • Motorcycles: M-AJX 253
  • Trailers: Q-ADY-865; square format: Q-AYC 631; small format: Q-AZA 033
  • Oldtimer cars: O-ACP-263; square format: O-AYH 539; small format: O-AZG 059
  • Oldtimer motorcycles: O-MAF 915
  • Oldtimer trailers: O-QAA-109; square format: O-QYA 028; small format: O-QYA 001
  • Oldtimer scooters, A Class: OSAA 435
  • Oldtimer scooters, A Class: OSBB 689
  • Oldtimer micro cars: [none]; square format: O-SUW 002
  • Dealers: 1-ZAZ-996; square: 1-ZRA 023
  • Road tests: 1-ZZS-399; square: 1-ZXA 048
  • Motorcycle dealers: 1-ZMA 480
  • Motorcycle road tests: 1-ZZM 346
  • Trailer dealers: 1-ZUA-263; square: 1-ZUZ 001
  • Trailer road tests: 1-ZZU-539; square: 1-ZZQ 003
  • Taxis: T-XAC-576; square: T-XYA 003; small: T-XZA 005
  • Rental cars with chauffeur: T-LAD-310; square: T-LYA 014 ; small: T-LZA 033
  • Temporary cars: WA-17-ARM
  • Temporary motorcycles: WM-17 AAE
  • Temporary trailers: WQ-17-AAA
  • Temporary scooters: WS-17-AAA
  • Export cars: XA-17-BHZ; square: none; small: XA-17-AZA
  • Export motorcycles: XM-17-AAB
  • Export trailers: XQ-17-ABH
  • Export scooters: none
  • Diplomatic cars: CD-AP-411; square: CD-YA 183; small: CD-ZA 069
  • Diplomatic motorcycles: CD-MA 057
  • Tractors: G-LCA-193; square: G-LXJ 429; small: G-LZD 853
  • Scooters, A Class: SAEP 864
  • Scooters, B Class: SBFY 479
  • Scooters, Pedelecs: SPAB 537
  • Scooters, micro cars: SUAJ 520
  • Scooter dealers: S-ZAA 006
  • Scooter road tests: S-ZZA 003 

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)
  • Scooter plates, small format:
    • A Class: S-ABK 217
    • B Class: S-BCC 990
    • Micro cars: S-UAD-875; small: S-UZB 014
  • Oldtimer scooter plates, small format:
    • A Class: O-SAA 102
    • B Class: O-SBA 529
    • Micro cars: O-SUW 002
  • 2016 temporary plates:
    • Cars: WA-16-BBF [649 plates]
    • Motorcycles: WM-16-AAJ [9 plates]
    • Trailers: none
    • Scooters: none
  • 2016 export plates:
    • Cars: XA-16-KCW [5,647 plates]; square: XA-16-AYA [1 plate]
    • Motorcycles: XM-16-AAN [14 plates]
    • Trailers: XQ-16-AHX [203 plates]
    • Scooters: none
  •  

 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.)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

News: "Plaques personnalisées à 2.000€: voici la région où il y a le plus de demandes" (RTLInfo.be)

(English version below)

Il est possible d'obtenir une plaque d'immatriculation personnalisée depuis 2014 contre une rétribution de 2.000 euros. La majorité des demandes ont été introduites par des habitants de la Flandre. Sur les 12.956 attribuées depuis l'entrée en vigueur de ce système, 9.153 l'ont été au nord du pays, d'après des chiffres que la députée Daphné Dumery (N-VA) a obtenus du ministre de la Mobilité François Bellot (MR).

La plupart des demandes ont été introduites en province d'Anvers (2.887). La Flandre orientale figure en deuxième position avec 1.918 plaques personnalisées. A titre de comparaison, 2.159 plaques de ce type ont été demandées en Wallonie.

Une tendance à la baisse des demandes a été constatée lors des derniers mois. Elle est probablement liée à l'augmentation du coût passé de 1.000 à 2.000 euros. La Direction Immatriculation des Véhicules (DIV) a récolté 15,3 millions grâce aux plaques personnalisées, selon Mme Dumery.

Source: RTLInfo.be

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Translation (© SL – belgianlicenceplates.blogspot.com):

Since 2014 it has been possible to get a vanity licence plate for a 2,000 euros fee. Most applications were issued by Flemish residents. Out of the 12,956 applications that have been processed since the introduction of the system, 9,153 came from the northern side of the country, according to statistics that MP Daphné Dumery (N-VA) received from Mobility Minister François Bellot (MR).

Most applications came from the Province of Antwerp (2,887). The Province of East-Flanders comes second with 1,918 vanity plates. On the other hand, only 2,159 examples of such plates were applied for in Wallonia.

There has been a decrease in terms of applications in the last few months. It probably stems from the fact that the application fee rose from 1,000 to 2,000 euros. The Vehicles Registration Service (DIV) raised 15,3 million euros thanks to vanity plates, according to Mrs Dumery.

Monday, January 30, 2017

News: "9.000 plaques personnalisées en Flandre, 2.000 en Wallonie" (7sur7.be)

9.000 plaques personnalisées en Flandre, 2.000 en Wallonie

 
© photo news. 

Les plaques d'immatriculation personnalisées, disponibles depuis 2014 contre rétribution, sont principalement demandées en Flandre. Sur les 12.956 attribuées depuis l'entrée en vigueur de ce système, 9.153 l'ont été au nord du pays, d'après des chiffres que la députée Daphné Dumery (N-VA) a obtenus du ministre de la Mobilité François Bellot (MR). 

La plupart des demandes ont été introduites en province d'Anvers (2.887). La Flandre orientale figure en deuxième position avec 1.918 plaques personnalisées. A titre de comparaison, 2.159 plaques de ce type ont été demandées en Wallonie.

2.000 euros
Une tendance à la baisse des demandes a été constatée lors des derniers mois. Elle est probablement liée à l'augmentation du coût passé de 1.000 à 2.000 euros.

La Direction Immatriculation des Véhicules (DIV) a récolté 15,3 millions grâce aux plaques personnalisées, selon Mme Dumery.


Source: 7sur7.be

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

Friday, September 11, 2015

News: "La plaque d'immatriculation personnalisée coûtera 2.000 euros au lieu de 1.000" (7sur7.be)

La plaque d'immatriculation personnalisée coûtera 2.000 euros au lieu de 1.000

   
© photo news.
 
Le coût d'une plaque d'immatriculation personnalisé sera doublé, passant à 2.000 euros au lieu de 1.000 actuellement, selon un arrêté royal de la ministre de la Mobilité et des Transports Jacqueline Galant approuvé vendredi en Conseil des ministres. 

Ce texte, envoyé pour avis au Conseil d'Etat, prévoit une série de hausses de tarifs en matière d'enregistrement de véhicules.

Cette modification des redevances répond à deux objectifs, la couverture de certains frais du concessionnaire, actuellement bpost, et une meilleure couverture de certains frais de fonctionnement de la Direction de l'immatriculation des véhicules (DIV).

Au cabinet de la ministre, on rappelle que les tarifs n'avaient plus évolué depuis quinze ans et que ceux-ci restaient à un niveau relativement bas en comparaison avec les pays voisins.

En vertu des nouveaux tarifs, la délivrance d'une marque d'immatriculation (ou un duplicata) est désormais fixée à 30 euros, la délivrance d'une marque d'immatriculation temporaire de courte durée (ou un duplicata) est désormais fixée à 75 euros alors que la délivrance d'un certificat d'immatriculation (ou un duplicata) est fixée à 26 euros

Source: 7sur7.be

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)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

New Belgian Vanity Plates! // Les nouvelles plaques personnalisées belges ! // Nieuwe gepersonaliseerde platen!

As of Monday 31 March 2014, there will be more possibilities for vanity plates. Since 16 November 2010, all new vanity plates had to comply with the standard combination 9-XXX-111 or 9-111-XXX (where X is any letter and 1 any digit, with a few restrictions depending on the type of vehicle). The relative lack of freedom was felt as annoying by potential vanity plates buyers, although the latter were especially turned off by the index digit 9: a plate such as 9-001-TIM did not look as nice as if it had been just 001-TIM.

Thanks to initiatives taken by a few license plate afficionados, State Secretary for Mobility Melchior Wathelet has decided to allow a nearly total freedom in the choice of a vanity plate.



Golden rule: any combination consisting of 1 to 8 characters is allowed. Every letter, digit and dash counts as 1 character; between each (group of) letter(s) and (group of) digit(s) comes a dash.


Every vanity plate shall start with the DIV's official seal ('CV' for 'circulation' and 'verkeer'), just to the right of the Belgian Euroband. The personalized combination will be centered on the remaining white space, as examplified by the following renderings:

 

(Note that the CV seal on B-17 should be a bit more to the left.)

Furthermore, it will be possible to add a dash between two digits, or between two letters to create words, e.g.



Restrictions:

– Every personalized combination shall include at least 1 letter, because license plates ranging from 1 to 999 are reserved for the Royal Household. An exception exists for pre-1954 vehicles that were equipped with red-on-white enamel plates with a number ranging between 1000 and 999999: their owners can reclaim the right to use the original registration number on the condition that they prove that the vehicle was once registered under the said number.


– The following combinations are forbidden in order to avoid confusion with plates that could be issued in the future:
  • 4 letters followed by 3 digits (e.g. GLAD-001: this combination is already used by tractors [dashes are not taken into consideration in the database])
  • 3 digits followed by 4 letters (e.g. 123-AIDA: someday, there could be a 123-AID-A plate [index letter A and inversion of the combination])
  • 4 digits followed by 3 letters (e.g. 2107-BEL: someday, there could be a 2-107-BEL plate [ordinary license plate with index digit 2 and inversion of the combination])
  • 3 letters followed by 4 digits (e.g. USA-0407: someday, there could be a USA-040-7 plate [ordinary license plate with index digit 7])
– Combinations consisting of 8 letters (e.g. MERCEDES) will only be allowed as of 30 June 2014 due to the fact that the database shared by the DIV, the police and insurance companies has not yet been adapted to accept combinations with eight actual characters. Other combinations with eight 'physical' characters (i.e. on the plate itself), such as DAVID-99, will be possible because the database does not take the dashes into consideration. The dashes are only important for the making of the plate and are absolutely necessary to make a distinction between letters and digits. If anyone decides to buy, say, S-O-S as a combination on their plate, SOS will not be available anymore, and conversely.

– Combinations starting with the isolated letters CD (e.g. CD-001, CD-1-US) are forbidden in order to avoid the confusion with diplomatic license plates

– The following combinations are forbidden in order to avoid confusion with plates used by ministers and members of the different Belgian parliaments:
  • A-0 to A-999999 [federal ministers, state ministers, high-ranked judges, province governors, heads of ministries and cabinets]
  • E-0 to E-999999 [regional and community ministers, directors of staff]
  • P-0 to P-999999 [members of the Senate, Chamber of Representatives, Flemish Parliament, Walloon Parliament, Brussels Parliament, European Parliament]
Price: any new combination will cost 1,000 euros — the same price since the introduction of European plates.

Special case (1): the 'semi-personalisation' (cases where the choice of the registration is not actually free):

– people who still own a pre-European license plate (e.g. 631-BSU) will be able to keep their registration number for a 1000 euro fee (perhaps for a 500 euro fee in the future)


– [NOT POSSIBLE AS OF 31 MARCH 2014] people who wish to re-use a registration number that belonged to them or to a member of their family can pay a 500 euro fee to be allowed to use that number again. Let us imagine that you would like to pay a tribute to your grandfather whose license plate number was 32-B-32; if you have evidence of this and you pay 500 euros, you can get the right to drive around with the same registration. [NOT POSSIBLE AS OF 31 MARCH 2014]


– [NOT POSSIBLE AS OF 31 MARCH 2014] people who wish to re-use a registration number that used to be on a given car (as evidenced by an official document) can pay a 500 euro fee to be allowed to use that number again. Let us imagine that you have proof that your 1955 Corvette was first equipped with 1.D.873, you can get the right to drive around with the same registration. [NOT POSSIBLE AS OF 31 MARCH 2014]


Special case (2): vanity plates for oldtimers

– so far, owners of vehicles aged 25 or more who wanted a vanity plate had to chose a combination whose group of letters started with an O (e.g. ONE-001, 911-OOO, 9-OXK-140 or 9-009-OOO).

– since oldtimers are subject to a series of rules (e.g. no commercial use), the police wanted to be able to identify them easily via their plates. Instead of once again imposing a combination starting with an O, it was decided to add a red 'OLDTIMER' sticker below the DIV's official seal.



Special case (3): owners of pre-31 March 2014 vanity plates

 – if you own a license plate issued between 1995 and 15 November 2010, you can pay 30 euro to get a European duplicate of your registration number (original proof of payment might be needed)

– if you own a license plate issued between between 16 November 2010 and 30 March 2014, you can pay 30 euro to get a duplicate of your registration number without index digit 9

Changing a registration completely (e.g. changing 004-FUN or 9-004-FUN to 4-FUN) will not be possible unless you pay a 1000 euro fee. However, it is not excluded that this option could become available in the future.


Real-life examples:

– Ordinary vanity plates (1000 euros):



– Oldtimer vanity plates (with red sticker):


– Vanity plate based on a disused number (the dash in the middle should not be there):


– Ordinary vanity plates; square format (340mm x 210mm):
 
 

– Ordinary vanity plates; small format (210mm x 140mm)


 – A set of vanity plates:


(Edited on 26 March 2014 according to an official DIV document.)