Vehicle registration plates of Trinidad and Tobago

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1980s passenger vehicle plate

Vehicle registration plates in Trinidad and Tobago or commonly called "Number Plates" locally, are categorized using prefixes based on the type of vehicle and feature up to four succeeding digits. Registration plates in Trinidad and Tobago are supposed to be either "white letters and numbers on a black surface" or alternatively. This current system has been present for over 40 years.

Prefix[edit]

Each registration number begins with a letter designating type of vehicle.

Prefix: Type of Vehicle
P- eg: PDC 7472 Private Vehicle (Non Commercial)
D- eg: D 011 Demonstration Vehicle (usually used by Automobile Dealerships and RORO Car Dealers

after Importing a Foreign Used Car) Gives permission to drive vehicle on public roads, special permit is required.

R- eg: RDB 1234 Rental Vehicle
H- eg: HCY 185 Hired Vehicle, bus, taxi, maxi-taxi.
V- eg: V 122 Visitors
X- eg: XCN 2244 Terrestrial vehicles e.g. Paver (vehicle), extra heavy cranes.
T- eg: TCR 5341 Transportation (Goods) Vehicles, Pickup Trucks, Lorrys and Trucks.

Plates for each type are issued in alphabetical order, with the letters I, Q, and V excluded so as to avoid conflict with 1, O and diplomatic including the military and coast guard initials.

Special plates[edit]

  • The President's official state car usually bears the Trinidad and Tobago Coat of Arms instead of a registration number.
  • The Prime Minister's official state car usually bears the registration PM 1.
  • The Trinidad and Tobago Regiment bears a registration mark starting with TTR. Eg. 1 TTR 3
  • Defense Force vehicles bear a registration mark starting with TTDF. Eg, 1 TTDF 4
  • Coast Guard vehicles bear a registration mark starting with TTCG . Eg. 1 TTCG 2
  • Voluntary Defence Force vehicles bear a registration mark starting with VDF. Eg. 1 VDF 5
  • Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard vehicles bear a registration mark starting with TTAG. Eg. 1 TTAG 13

Sequence number[edit]

Registration numbers have been issued in a prefix of letter "series", followed by the assigned numbers from 1 - 9999. When the number 9999 has been issued, the Licensing Authority then starts a new lettering "series" beginning from 1.The first registered vehicles bore the registration mark P 1, P 2, P 3 etc. Depending on the classification of the vehicle, the leading letter would reflect its use. A goods vehicle would have been e.g. T 567. A hired vehicle (taxi) would have been H 1998.

Upon the issue of registration number P 9999, a new "series" was issued; That was PA. From a goods vehicle TA. It started at PA 1 and ended at PA 9999. At the end of the end of that series, a new "series" was issued being PB. And so it continued. Upon the issuance of Registration number PZ 9999, The "series" then added a third letter and began PAA, or TAA for a goods vehicle, and HAA for a taxi. The first registration number in that "series" being PAA 1, and the last PAA 9999. The following "series" followed suit; PAB; PAC; PAD etc. Upon the issuance of the last in the PAZ "series" the new "series" began as PBA' followed by PBB, PBC, PBD etc. At the end of the PBZ "series", the new "series" began PCA, followed by PCB, PCC, PCD etc. With the noted exception of PCG, as this would have caused two main concerns, the first being the similarity to the Coast Guards registration mark of TTCG when issued for a goods vehicle, and the second being the similarity to the previously issued PCC "series".The final series for the "C" generation of series commenced in May 2013. The first series for the "D" generation commenced in November 2013.

Appearance[edit]

The Motor Vehicle Act of Trinidad & Tobago specifies the use of either "white letters and numbers on a black surface" or alternatively, "the letters and numbers shall be black on a white surface." In both instances the regulations states that "every letter or figure shall be indelibly inscribed or so attached to such surface that it cannot readily be detached therefrom" .

Current[edit]

The current series which became effective the week beginning January 12 2015 is "DG" (PDG/TDG/RDG/HDG etc.).

There has been officially over one million vehicles registered for use on the roads of Trinidad & Tobago.

Future[edit]

In April 2014, Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz announced that by September 2014, a newly-designed licence plate, drivers’ permit, and new centres for the registration and licensing of vehicles will become available. He added, the public will see the introduction of new number plates, which will come in 18 designs, with security markings to be manufactured abroad. New registration and validation certificates will be administered and each vehicle entering the country will be tagged with a radio frequency identification marker (RFID) for additional security.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Trinidad Express Newspaper