Published alongside the Comptroller and Auditor General Annual Report in September, the Revenue Commissioner’s 2015 Appropriation Accounts showed that €177,000 was taken in last year from people securing ‘cherished’ number plates.
At €1,000 a pop, the revenue from the personalised plates last year was the highest comparable figure since 2010, although there is still some way to go before expenditure on the vanity plates matches the €566,000 figure for 2008, at a time when reserving preferred plates was cheaper than it is now at €315.
The numbers do show a recovery of sorts, however: In 2012, 55 people paid out for cherished number plates, rising to 93 in 2013 and 131 in 2014.
Applications for desired plates can be received up to November 1 for the following year, meaning the deadline was today for anyone keen to secure a personalised 171 number.
According to Revenue: “The number chosen must be in the normal format and must correspond with the place [licensing authority area] where the applicant normally resides and the year and half year in which the vehicle is first brought into use [first registered]. For example, an application to reserve 161-D-2 may only be made by an applicant residing in Dublin for a vehicle to be first brought into use [first registered] in 2016.
“The registered owner must be the person in whose name the number was reserved. Reserved numbers are not transferable.”
However, landing the classic 171-D-1 licence plate isn’t an option.
“All registration numbers are available for reservation, with the exception of the first number of each registration period issued in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Waterford e.g. 161-C-1, 162-C-1, 161-D-1, 162-D-1, 161-L-1,162-L-1, 161-W-1 and 162-W-1, which are traditionally reserved for the mayor/lord mayor of those cities and are not available for reservation by anyone else.”