Dubai to start trials of smart licence plates
It's been a few days since we last told you about a UAE resident that spent over AED2 million on a licence plate. We're back on the topic, number plates that is because Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority has announced that it is trailing smart licence plates.
The initiative will see vehicles fitted with plates that will display the usual bit of information displayed on the classic model – plate number, area of issue. The main difference is that you will no longer have to change your plate should you get a new one. All the information will be updated, as you guessed it, digitally.
Speaking on the news, the CEO of RTA’s Licensing AgencyAbdullah Yousuf Al Ali said: "The debut of these Smart Plates in Dubai will bring about a quantum shift in the concept of roads as well as the technological infrastructure of transportation. It will contribute immensely to linking several systems and technologies as well. It heralds an era of communication between vehicles and government and semi-government entities concerned with the safety and security of transport.”
He added: “The Smart Plates can be centrally controlled. As such, it will be possible to change the numbers and designs of plates and display the expiry of the insurance and licensing dates registered at the RTA, without changing the plates. It will also be possible to identify and register the travel time of the driver and details of the heavy vehicle and eliminate the chances of stealing the plates or vehicles. Images and signs can be displayed on the plate to specify the type of the driver — new or under training."
Al Ali also revealed that the project forms part of Dubai's Smart City initiative.