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New combination seals Queensland number plate future

The Palaszczuk Government has revealed plans for a new combination on the state’s number plates when the current series runs out.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said “the future of Queensland number plates was a hot topic of conversation among number plate enthusiasts.”

 “Queensland’s current motor vehicle number plate series, which includes a combination of three numbers followed by three letters, is coming to an end after 40 years in production,” he said.

 “The current plate series started in 1977 and changed colour back in 2001.

 “My department has started issuing Y series plates and we expect the Z series will start being issued next year and run into early 2020.

 “Annual motor vehicle use is increasing in line with population growth and is expected to reach 635,000 sets by 2020.

 “Transport and Main Roads has been working on a solution for some time and has developed a new combination for the future.

 “The new plates will feature three numbers followed by two letters and a further number (eg. 456-BZ8).

 “This format meets regulatory requirements and will be unique to Queensland.”

 Mr Bailey said security was also a key consideration during design of the new number plates.

 “A unique directional security mark is one of the design features being considered for inclusion on the new plates,” he said.

 “This would create a level of authentication not seen before in Queensland.

“This feature can be seen during the day and at night and will assist authorities to verify genuine number plates.”

 More information about the history of Queensland number plates is available at

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