Plates help Stretch show off his true passion
TREVOR Douglas wants you to know that he loves his GT4EVA.
Trevor, or Stretch to his mates because he is "very tall”, is a mine worker who loves his car so much that his choice of numberplate had to reflect that passion.
The GT4EVA plates take pride of place on his XY GT Falcon.
"I just wanted to put some numberplates on it that stood out from the rest,” Trevor said.
He is one of 3644 Rockhampton region residents who in the past year have personalised their vehicle with unique numberplates.
The plates cost from $165 to $3300 and the region is home to a wide array of unique registrations including these beauties: OMG MUD, HIP100, L1VE1T, C1NDYS, SPUNKYB and FORD36.
For some people, personalised plates are like chips - you can't have just one.
And Trevor is a prime example of that.
He has MAC392 on his Mustang and he also has TKD11 (his initials and date of birth) on another vehicle and SRD12 on his partner's car.
"I just love them - it just makes your car different to everybody else's,” Trevor said.
Personalised Plates Queensland managing director Jemma Elder said more than 750,000 personalised plates had been issued.
Jemma said vehicle owners were happy to spend big on them because they were a "fun and creative way” to express themselves.
"A lot of people are very proud of their vehicles and it's a way for them to express themselves and their passion for their cars and to complement the look of their car,” she said.
While most people opt for letter and number combinations that will not offend, there are some motorists who like to choose plates that are not appropriate for our roads.
"We work very closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads who provide very strict guidelines to adhere to,” Jemma said.
"We run every plate against the very strict assessment criteria to ensure they are clean and that they are appropriate for display.”
While PPQ sells the unique regos on more than 250 types of plates and designs, it's the DTMR that produces the finished plate.