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Mercosur finally agrees: unified number plates for new cars beginning 2016

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 06:08 UTC
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Timerman and other officials hold the enlarged prototype of the Mercosur cars' number plate Timerman and other officials hold the enlarged prototype of the Mercosur cars' number plate
Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay plates Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay plates

The five full members of the Mercosur trade bloc will use unified number plates for their 0km vehicles starting in 2016, Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman announced on Wednesday from San Martín Palace in Buenos Aires city.

“Mercosur is a tool for developing integration. Not only economic integration, but also political and social integration,” Timerman said.

Mercosur plates will resemble European Union plates. They will be larger than the current ones (400 millimeters long by 130 mm high) and will be composed by four letter and three numbers.

In Argentina, the new plates will be used from next year, as number combinations within the current system are running out. From 2016 onwards they will be mandatory in new vehicles, and old ones will be able to replace their plates progressively.

A regional consultation service will also be created to provide information on owners, plate ID, and auto model, aiming at fighting organized crime in the sub-continent.

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  • gordo1

    Jeremy Clarkson and the BBC can supply all the plates that are needed! The police in Tierra del Fuego have just discovered more of them.

    Oct 09th, 2014 - 06:20 am 0
  • golfcronie

    Apparently they are going to have a lottery as to who will get licence plates with the following letters FU 982 CK, JC 014 RM and JM 014 JC can't wait must come surely. Not sure what TIMMERMAN has to do with licence plates but Heho

    Oct 09th, 2014 - 06:28 am 0
  • Troy Tempest

    What a useless organisation - they can't do what they are supposed to have been doing for years, set up a trading arrangement that works.

    Meetings meetings meetings, and free trips, but all they can do is propose a common licence plate for Merco-countries.

    It's like couch potatoes who buy matching football jerseys or expensive Addidas gym outfits, just to hang out at Starbucks with their pals

    Oct 09th, 2014 - 06:43 am 0
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