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Old 04.09.2020, 13:25
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EU vehicle number plates

These days EU number plates / registration plates on vehicles have a blue strip on the left hand side which typically has the circle of stars for the EU and below it the code for the country (eg, NL, D, E etc).

In most countries this is now standard for all new plates issues, but old plates that don't have the feature continue to be tolerated.

In GB, AFAIK, motorists were able to chose between the EU label and some other variants that did no have EU branding, eg, St George's Cross, Scottish Saltire etc.

Also some non EU countries have introduced similar blue bands but without the stars. For example Bosnia.

But what i recently saw was a German car, Berlin registered, quite an expensive looking Mercedes, that didn't have the blue strip but instead had a German flag in its place and the D.

Is this an option that is technically offered but that just nobody typically wants? Or ws it maybe a diplomatic plate? Or is it something else?

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Old 04.09.2020, 14:34
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Re: EU vehicle number plates

Armed forces? ... but with the D probably just a non-standard aftermarket plate.
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Old 04.09.2020, 14:46
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Re: EU vehicle number plates

Corps diplomatique drives with a ‚0‘ number followed by the numbers that represent the country. So would imagine it is a fancy thing?
Military cars also have separate plates, not the regular ones
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Old 04.09.2020, 15:14
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Re: EU vehicle number plates

It's a Dexiter, who's just covered up the EU flag with a German flag sticker!
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Re: EU vehicle number plates

Something like this?



It's a Bundeswehr (military forces) plate.
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Old 04.09.2020, 17:17
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Re: EU vehicle number plates

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It's a Bundeswehr (military forces) plate.
Not quite, as the flag had the same format as the EU field and bled to the edge of the plate in the same way the blue EU field would. And there was quite clearly also a D.

But maybe the Bundeswehr has updated their plate design?

On the other hand, wouldn't a Bundeswehr staff car have the Y as seen in your picture rather than the B for Berlin?
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Old 04.09.2020, 17:37
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Diplomatic plates all have the CD (in Blue or Green) then the Canton and number NNN - NNN. The first NNN is sequential, the second set identifies the agency or country. If this number begins with a zero it is an agency. 01 is the UN. If it doesn't have a zero it is a country. So both 01 and 1 exist.
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Re: EU vehicle number plates

And another bit of trivia. Employees in EU agencies in Belgium can be issued with EU number plates. This is an option and most choose to have a normal Belgium plate.

This doesn’t include senior staff who have CD plates.
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Old 04.09.2020, 22:50
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On the other hand, wouldn't a Bundeswehr staff car have the Y as seen in your picture rather than the B for Berlin?
A Berlin police car has a B followed by just numbers and no letters.
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Diplomatic plates all have the CD (in Blue or Green) then the Canton and number NNN - NNN. The first NNN is sequential, the second set identifies the agency or country. If this number begins with a zero it is an agency. 01 is the UN. If it doesn't have a zero it is a country. So both 01 and 1 exist.
1 is the Vatican, and 01 is the UN in Geneva.
http://www.license-plates.ch/Diplomaten.htm

CD GE 1 · 01 might be Tatiana Valovaya
CD BE 1 · 1 would be Thomas Gullickson
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Armed forces? ... but with the D probably just a non-standard aftermarket plate.

If you look on ebay for plates you'll find exactly the plates you're describing.


https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/9LoAA...1je/s-l300.jpg
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Diplomatic plates all have the CD (in Blue or Green) then the Canton and number NNN - NNN. The first NNN is sequential, the second set identifies the agency or country. If this number begins with a zero it is an agency. 01 is the UN. If it doesn't have a zero it is a country. So both 01 and 1 exist.
He said it was a german car? Not swiss
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He said it was a german car? Not swiss
Then provide a link to a German diplomatic license plate.
http://www.olavsplates.com/germany10.html

Looks like since 1999 they also can have a 'B' instead of an '0'. 1999 is the year Germany moved its parliament from Bonn to Berlin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decisi...tal_of_Germany
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Old 06.09.2020, 22:02
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Re: EU vehicle number plates

Higher ranking CD members still have a 0 number, anyone working for an embassy not accredited mostly have a B plate (or BN earlier). It used to be BN-AA for admin personnel (way back), now it is a B with the number of the embassy, showing you do not have diplomatic immunity
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