The Licensing Agency of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) received more than 14,000 applications submitted by 1,274 subscribers through the Distinguished Number Plates Early Request Online Service under the Category J, which was launched last February.
According to Mohammed Abdul Kareem Nimaat, Director of Vehicle Licensing, Licensing Agency, the numbers pursued by subscribers included 4 and 5-digit number plates allocated for direct sale on the counter.
“Distinguished Number Plates Early Request Online Service is a new e-gate service provided for RTA to customers who are interested in obtaining distinguished number plates allocated under direct sale, thus enabling them to have their services processed swiftly and smoothly. The service offers equal opportunities to all applicants of distinguished number plates; which reflects positively on a large segment of the community who are concerned with owning distinguished numbers which give them the privacy they seek.
“The stipulations set for subscription to Distinguished Number Plates Early Request Online Service call for the implementation of the general provisions of selling distinguished number plates online in order to avail the service. The customer selects the number combination designated for direct sale within the new category before being offered to sale so that the customer can book the distinguished number plate, pay the service fees amounting to 50 dirham, plus 10 dirham as Knowledge Dirham per number,” said Nimaat.
“The Agency is adopting a specific mechanism towards sorting applications. Once the Early Request period is over, applications are electronically classified over several phases starting from allocation of the number to the customer in case he or she is the sole applicant. There is also the internal auction which is held when the number of applications submitted ranges from 2 to 5.
There is the open online auction, which is held when the number of applications submitted exceeds 5, and each applicant has to pay the service fees amounting to 50 dirham, plus 10 dirham as Knowledge Dirham per number. The system will also automatically send notices to customers via e-mail and SMS.
“The procedures of obtaining the service start with the registration & subscription process through RTA website (www.rta.ae), where the customer is required to be cognizant of his or her Traffic File so as to complete registration successfully. The customer can pay the prescribed fees online through the e-dirham, credit card or the current account with certain banks operating in the UAE and registered in the e-payment portal of the Dubai Government.