It is no secret that the Malaysian automotive market is among the most active in the region. It is estimated that 4 in 10 Malaysians own a car, and the total number of vehicles registered has exceeded 22 million as of 2011.
Now of course, as with every other country in the world, Malaysia has it’s own vehicle registration system, headed by the Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan, better known as JPJ to the locals. Of the 13 states and 3 federal territories in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur leads by a massive margin, with an average of 1,100 new registrations daily, with Johore and Selangor coming in second and third place with around 500 and 300 new daily registrations respectively.
Anyway, I’m only going to focus on Kuala Lumpur’s number plates for this article, hence the title. The Malaysian number plate system is fairly primitive and straight forward, owing much to the former British system implemented during the colonial era. A modern example of a Kuala Lumpur number plate would be WRS 8888. To those of you who still don’t know, cars registered in Kuala Lumpur get a W letter as the state prefix. The following two letters after the W will vary with each cycle. The four numbers after the letters can go up to a maximum of 9999. To complete one cycle, 9999 cars must be registered under the third letter. To put things into better perspective; WRS 8888, WRS 8889, WRS 8890 …. WRS 9998, WRS 9999, WRT 1, WRT 2, WRT 3 … Furthermore, certain letters are not used in the registration system, such as I, Z and O to avoid confusion between the letters and numbers. If you found my explanation poor or inadequate, you may refer here for a more holistic one.
Now that you understand how the Kuala Lumpur plates work, we can proceed to our discussion. The Kuala Lumpur plates currently stand at WXJ 6049 as of writing. It is expected to reach WYY 9999 in or around April 2013 – which isn’t that far off really. The system logic cannot progress beyond WYY 9999 without some form of modification, and that, is what this article is all about. As of writing, the JPJ has made no announcement on the future KL number plates. This leaves the topic wide open to creativity and debate.
I have a few propositions for the future Kuala Lumpur plates, with illustrations and explanations to go along with them ;
These are just a few examples I came up with. There are an infinite number of possibilities. If you love number plates as much as I do, you too are probably hoping that the JPJ would decide on something a little more creative for the future KL plates. Well, we’ll just have to wait and see I guess… but in the meantime, if you have any ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave them in a comment down below. You’ll never know… the JPJ might just get the inspiration from your idea. :]