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Topic # 96536 30-Jan-2012 12:23 Send private message

Some of my documents have been lost (Including Motochek documents of every vehicle I have owned), and I'm trying to find the licence plate numbers of 3 motorcycles I have owned. Unfortunately none of my photos of the bikes are taken from rear angle to show the plates.

What I am trying to achieve, is approximate dates I bought and sold each, and approximate distance I traveled. Secondary to that is to check on Carjam if they are still alive (I'm fairly sure all 3 are de-reg now), and to upload photos I have of them onto Carjam.

I called Motor Vehicle Registration, and they say although they have the info, they can't tell me. I don't understand why "reminding" me of the plate of a vehicle I have owned is such a secret... and as I said I'm fairly sure I have previous seen all 3 have had registration cancelled... so no current owner's privacy to protect - not that a licence plate number in itself identifies them in any way.

Now I realise there were changes last year to being able to look up peoples names and addresses based on a plate, but what I am asking is the opposite and in no way a privacy breach.

Did I strike someone who has given me bad information, or will I never be able to establish the plate numbers of those 3 bikes?

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  Reply # 574900 30-Jan-2012 12:33 Send private message



Here is me 14 years ago with one of them, a Honda CBX250RS.

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  Reply # 574948 30-Jan-2012 14:16 Send private message

Rule of thumb is don't provide personal information over the phone if you can't prove identity. Even though you are only asking for registration plates, it is still considered personal information and as such reasonable steps must be taken to restrict who can access and use it. Being able to answer simple questions like name, address, date of birth and currently registered vehicles isn't enough to confirm identity.

I suggest you could try visiting your local LTNZ with suitable photo ID, or you could visit your local police station with ID. The police have access to previous plate history, whether they will see your reasoning as valid is up to them (they have to justify accessing it to).

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  Reply # 574967 30-Jan-2012 15:12 Send private message

IlDuce:

Here is me 14 years ago with one of them, a Honda CBX250RS.


Rubbish, I can quite easily see that this photo was taken on the 25th of the 1st, 2012. You are obviously trying to get information about someone else (although, I am surprised that there is a Mitsubishi Sigma of that shape still on the road, must have a new engine in it).

You could give the picture of the bike to a CSI lab somewhere. They will be able to use the reflection off the, um, block wall, that reflects off the headlight of the approaching car to see the plate number....

Alternatively, if the above advise for some reason doesn't work out, did you have a loan for these bikes or insurance on them? They might be able to provide the details you want.





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  Reply # 574980 30-Jan-2012 16:03 Send private message

dolsen: Alternatively, if the above advise for some reason doesn't work out, did you have a loan for these bikes or insurance on them? They might be able to provide the details you want.




Great advice! I didn't think to call the insurance company as it was so long ago (1996, 1998, and 2002). They went through their old database which took ages back to policy #1, but they could only help me with 1 of the 3 bikes.

I called the only other company I used, and they had 3 but not the one I thought they may have had.

So I guess the other 2 were not insured :(

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  Reply # 575014 30-Jan-2012 17:08 Send private message

I'm very curious, can I ask why you need this?






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  Reply # 575066 30-Jan-2012 19:38 Send private message

nate: I'm very curious, can I ask why you need this?


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  Reply # 575067 30-Jan-2012 19:49 Send private message

I remember my first road registered bike plate 40NOA





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  Reply # 575175 31-Jan-2012 09:28 Send private message

surely you can zoom in on the rear view mirror and get the license plate number from the bounced reflections of the windscreens of 4 of the surrounding cars? If you get stuck, call these guys for help: http://www.cbs.com/shows/csi/


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  Reply # 575211 31-Jan-2012 11:04 Send private message

Regs: surely you can zoom in on the rear view mirror and get the license plate number from the bounced reflections of the windscreens of 4 of the surrounding cars? If you get stuck, call these guys for help: http://www.cbs.com/shows/csi/ 


Dolsen already beat you to that idea ;) 




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  Reply # 575316 31-Jan-2012 13:57 Send private message

The privacy act could make this information 'your' data and therefore you should have access to 'information held about you' should you wish. Try a written request using the privacy act, making clear the information you are seeking. It will take a while to go through all the stages required, but it might eventually get you the info you need.

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