Monday, 13 September 2010

Hardly Original

Hong Kong license plates can be interesting to look at and speculate who drives them (or has them driven for them by chauffeurs).

If you see "CJ" or "CS" or "FS" plates, they are cars for the Chief Justice, Chief Secretary and Financial Secretary respectively.

Interestingly, Chief Executive Donald Tsang's car doesn't have "CE", but the Hong Kong emblem on the front and back of the vehicle.

And then there are those who get special numbers that are auctioned off.

The number 1 is always reserved for the Commissioner of Police, but numbers 2-10 were taken by the highest bidder.

Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has the number 4, but why you'd want to have a number similar to death is beyond me. Speaking of Chao, the other day while I was on the bus, I saw a Rolls Royce with the plate "CECIL" on it. Most probably his...

Sir Run Run Shaw, who is amazingly still going at the age of 104 has the license plate 6, and Albert Yeung Sau-shing is chairman of Emperor Entertainment Group has the number 9. Who has the 8 license plate? Law Ting-pong, a widely respected philanthropist.

In 2006 the Hong Kong Transport Department allowed personalized license plates using up to eight letters and numbers. These can be auctioned for a minimum of HK$5,000 ($643.70). However, for the plate "I LOVE U", it was under the hammer at a charity auction for $1.4 million. Sounds like real love.

And for more gushing adoration on car plates, the other day I was on the way to the gym when I saw a Rolls Royce with the license plate "PUMPKIN".

It's a cute name. For a five year old, not a Rolls Royce!


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