The need for Northern Ireland to have a Numberplate Retention facility
In England, Scotland and Wales there is a facility for drivers to place a number plate on a retention certificate for up to 3 years. This is structured in a financial way of 1 year - £105, 2 years - £130 and 3 years - £155. In Northern Ireland a number plate must be transferred directly from one car to another with a single £80 fee. This causes a problem for drivers if they cannot afford to purchase their new car before selling their old car, meaning they must either put it on a another car, then onto the new car (incurring a double transfer - 2 x £80 fees). Due to this policy, a number of drivers have lost their personal plate as they are not in a position to purchase their new car or have another car they can transfer their plate onto. Please sign this petition in order for us to try and change the existing policy and bring Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the United Kingdom.