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Ultimate Geek

  #524833 22-Sep-2011 23:26
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According to

Black & White plates will only be issued to cars, that are been re-registered, that last had a black & white plate, and only if it's the same plate number (i.e. that car you had with the plate number AA1234, if you want to re-register it, you can apply for black & white plates, but only if before deregistration it had B&W plate).

Other than that, looks like the owner would risk a (up to) $1000 fine.

Excerpts from the factsheet:

Older style plates, ie the black plates with silver characters, can only be duplicated with a white retro-reflective background and black characters

In certain circumstances the NZTA will allow the re-issue of a vehicle's older style black and silver plates. The following conditions apply.

The number on the plates must be still available. Sometimes people use a number from the old black plates and put it on a personalised plate ? in such cases the old plates cannot be re-used as the number has been 'taken'.
The plates must be in good condition.
The plates must be the last plates that were issued to the vehicle when the registration was cancelled and the owner may be required to show evidence of this. The best evidence is the certificate of registration or other paperwork (insurance policy, repair receipts showing the registration number, etc).

This rule only applies to those who are re-registering their vehicle. For example, if a vehicle is currently registered with plates but previously had black and silver plates, these cannot be re-issued.


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Uber Geek

  #525695 26-Sep-2011 09:47
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Got a reply from Nicole at the NZTA this morning:
Good morning James

Thank you for your email dated 21 September 2011.

Registration plates with a black background and silver lettering were produced until November 1986, no further black and silver plates were manufactured after this date. A plate with a 3 letter 3 number combination (i.e. ABC123) would not have been manufactured on Black and Silver plates.

Legislation states that only official registration plates may be used. Therefore the plates displayed on this vehicle will not be legal.

Pretty much covers it then. Straight from the horses mouth, the plate I saw was illegal as it was not the official plate colours.

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