New license plates to be issued in Oct

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BANGKOK, 26 September 2012 – The Department of Land Transport is preparing to issue new license plates with a new pattern of plate numbers in Octorber. The new type can accomodate up to 56 million cars. 

Director-General of Department of Land Transport Somchai Siriwatanachoke has stated that the department is preparing to issue new license plates for cars and motorcycles. The new pattern of the plate numbers will be different from the old ones.

Instead of starting with an alphabet, the new plates will start with a number, followed by two Thai alphabets, and end with up to 4-digit number. The Director-General said the new pattern can be used for as long as 157 years, given it can support in excess of 56 million plates.

Additionally, Mr. Somchai said a unique design will be added to both car and motorcycle license plates in order to prevent counterfeits.

If car owners want to trade in old plates for new ones, they will be required to pay a fee of 775 baht. The insurance for new plates will be good for up to 5 years.