Motorists will start receiving newly designed license plates on Dec. 17, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said yesterday.
Currently, license plates for cars contain two letters of the English alphabet and a four-digit number, while motorcycles have three letters and three numbers.
The highway authority decided to redesign the license plates because it would soon run out of coding capacity using the current format. The new license plates for cars will have three letters and four numbers, while those for motorcycles will contain three letters and four digits.
Hsieh Chieh-tien (謝界田), director of the DGH’s motor vehicle division, said the agency has also increased the length of car license plates from 32cm to 38cm, while those for motorcycles will increase from 25cm to 30cm. The new license plates are thicker and have flanges on four sides.
To minimize forgery, Hsieh said the new letters and numbers would be engraved on the license plates using laser.
“Apart from the changes, the letters and numbers on the new license plates will be printed in the same size as the current ones,” Hsieh said. “The colors and materials used to make the license plates will remain unchanged.”
DGH Deputy Director-General Mile Chen (陳茂南) said that only new car owners or those who need to apply for new license plates will receive the newly designed license plates.
Those holding valid license plates can continue to use them without any problem, he said.
Drivers of electric scooters or motorcycles with a cylinder capacity of more than 550cc will not be required to change to new license plates, Chen said.
Chen said it might be difficult to install the longer and slightly wider new license plates on some motor vehicles. Such motorists will be given license plates using the current format when they apply for new ones, he added.