Bahamas and Out-Islands

The Bahama Islands have a great variety of numberplate types for different vehicle functions, and many of them are dedicated to the particular island on which they are licenced.     Thus a black-on-yellow taxi plate can be seen on every inhabited island, but marked with the Island code:

 

NP 127  --  Nassau, capital of the Bahamas, uses the code of its island, New Providence, to code its taxi plates.    Brumby archive 2015

NP 127 — Nassau, capital of the Bahamas, uses the code of its island, New Providence, to code its taxi plates.    This 1997 series is still current.       Brumby archive 2015

AB 64 -- Abaco Island taxi  Brumby archive 2008

AB 64 — Abaco Island taxi.                      Brumby archive 2008

The Exuma Cays which have motors, use the code EX  to show their origin.and use the standard black-on-yellow given to all public taxis in the archipelago.

EX 12  —  The few Exuma Cays which have motors, use the code EX to show their origin. and use the standard black-on-yellow given to all public taxis in the Bahamian archipelago.

This obsolete Dealer plate from the 1976-97 colour series, was for sale in a fleamarket in Nassau.    Brumby archive 2015

OT 5  —  This Dealer plate from an unknown colour series, was for sale in a fleamarket in Nassau.                                           Brumby archive 2015

The current white-on-orange Dealer (On Test) plate required a 5-km. pursuit round New Providence, to snap this shot.     Bruby archive 2015

OT 313  —  The current white-on-orange Dealer (On Test) plate required a 5-km. pursuit round New Providence, to snap this shot.                          Brumby archive 2015

An early Dealer/On Test plate seen in Nassau in 1986.      Brumby archive 1986

OT 78  —  A Dealer/On Test plate seen in Nassau in 1986.        Brumby archive 1986

 

 

30  --  The white-on-black special issue plates are allocated to VIPs

30 — The white-on-black special issue plates are not presently understood.    It MAY be that an owner can ask for the re-issue of a pre-independence, numbers-only registration, such as 61, below.                                                            Brumby archive 2015

from the 1930s tothe 1960s, Bahamas used a smple numeric registration, in the British style/size and if the cars left the islands, adhesive tags were often added to aid identification.    Here, car 61 (a re-issue) on a Triumph 2000 estate car seen in England carries 'Nassau' and 'Bahamas' either side of the number.

Nassau 61 Bahamas  —  from the 1930s to the 1960s, Bahamas used a simple numeric registration, in the British style/size, and if the cars left the islands, adhesive tags were often added to aid identification.        Here, car 61 (a re-issue even then) on a Triumph 2000 estate car seen in 1971 England, carries ‘Nassau’ and ‘Bahamas’ either side of the number.             Brumby archive 1971

 

(BS 30s-60s)_61_cu_VBmb

 

 

CD 39  --   is from the long-running white-on-blue diplomatic series, made on plastic sheet, rather than the pressed-alloy material of most Bahamas plates.

CD 39 — is from the long-running white-on-blue diplomatic series, made on plastic sheet, rather than the pressed-alloy material of most Bahamas plates.     Brumby archive 2015

CD 304  --  in Nassau, May 2015.     Brumby archive 2015

CD 304 — in Nassau, May 2015.                                      Brumby archive 2015

CD 12  --  see in Ascot, GB, during 1970s.    Brumby archive 1973

CD 12 / Bahamas  — see in Ascot, GB, during 1970s.    Morris Marina estate car.                                        Brumby archive 1973

 

S 17    --  A few horsedrawn carriages ply forhire near the cruise terminal in Hassau and some carry an old black-on-white  plate type no longer in use.     Brumby archive 2015

S 17 — A few horsedrawn carriages ply forhire near the cruise terminal in Hassau and some carry an old black-on-white plate type no longer in use. Brumby archive 2015

a much overpainted carriage plate S 17.

A much overpainted carriage plate S 17.

 

Limousines with uniformed drivers have long had their own 'Livery' plates in the Bahamas.   Currently two types exist, both in yellow-on-black, the LI version seeming to be the most recent.     Brumby archive 2015

LI 47  —  Private-hire Limousines with uniformed drivers have long had their own ‘Livery’ plates in the Bahamas.    Currently two types exist, both in yellow-on-black, the LI version seeming to be the most recent.                                                       Brumby archive 2015

The other livery format uses the island code on the yellow-on-black  plate - though by no means do all the smaller Out Islands have a limousine series, as there is no need.                       Brumby archive 2015

Livery NP 239  —  The other livery format uses the island code on the yellow-on-black plate – though by no means do all the smaller Out Islands have a limousine series, as there is no need.                               Brumby archive 2015

 

The former colours for Livery plates from the 1970s to 1995, were black-on-white.     This Mercedeswas phot'd in Nassau in 1986.           Brumby archive 1986

Livery N/P 213  —  The former colours for Livery plates from the 1970s to 1995(?), were black-on-white.          This Mercedes was photo’d in Nassau in 1986.                             Brumby archive 1986

The  Livery plates from the 1970s to 1995, were also black-on-white, with variation.         Brumby archive 1972

Livery NP 5  —  Another version of the Livery plates for the 1970s-1995(?) was  also black-on-white, with lettering variation.                                     Brumby archive 1986

 

Yet another passenger hire usage is for the Tour Cars, in red-on-white, which have had the TC prefix recently supplemented by the island code, in this case, New providence - NP

NP 130  —  Yet another passenger hire usage is for the Tour Cars, in red-on-white, which have had the TC prefix recently supplemented by the island code, in this case, New Providence – NP

The other Tour Car series.

TC 193  —  The other Tour Car series.          Brumby archive 2015

23  --  An earlier Tour Car  series, thought to be from the 1970s.      Brumby archive

23 –– An earlier Tour Car series, thought to be from the 1970s.   The new plate is mounted over an NP private car plate.       Brumby archive undated

 

Bahamas buses come in several plate types.   Here is a Government bus, which might be seen on any island, without any differentiation.      683 is seen in Geat Exuma.             Brumby archive 2015.

Bahamas buses come in several plate types. Here is a Government bus, which might be seen on any island, without any differentiation.           Bus 683 is seen on Great Exuma, though there is no evidence of it!               Brumby archive 2015.

NP 4  --  black-on-emerald plates are for buses used for tourism purposes, (Tour Bus) and use the island codes prefixes.

Bus NP 4 — Black-on-emerald plates are for buses used for tourism purposes, (Tour Bus) and use the island codes prefixes.        Brumby archive 2015

 

Town buses on regular routes in New Providence (Route Buses) use yellow-on-turquoise plates.      Brumby archive 2015.

Bus NP 240  —  Town buses on regular routes in New Providence and elsewhere (Route Buses) use yellow-on-turquoise plates.                                     Brumby archive 2015.

Black-on-white plates are used for private buses, used by churches, schools, clubs etc.     This one is seen in Abaco.      Brumby archive 1986

Bus/AB 68/Bahamas  —  Black-on-white plates are used for privately-0wned buses, for example, used by companies, (some) schools, clubs etc.    This one is seen in Abaco.                                       Brumby archive 1986

white on turquoise  bus plates are for school buses.   AB codes Abaco island.     Brumby archive 1986

Bus/AB 55/Bahamas  —  white on turquoise bus plates are for (public?) school buses. AB codes Abaco island.                                                    Brumby archive 1986

Black-on-white plates are used for private buses, used by churches, schools, clubs etc.     This church-owned bus is seen in Great Exuma.      Brumby archive 2015

Bus /EX 5 /Bahamas  –  Black-on-white plates are used for private buses, used by churches, schools, clubs etc.    This church-owned bus is seen in Great Exuma.        Brumby archive 2015

 

Exuma 10 rental motorcycle

Exuma/10   .. rental motorcycle

 

Inagua 198 rental motorcycle

Inagua/198  ..   rental motorcycle

Inagua 198 rental motorcycle

Abaco/SD 1148  —   Abaco rental car     Brumby archive 2008

SD 2829  --  New Providence (Nassau) rental car

Nassau/SD 2829 — New Providence (Nassau) rental car 2015

Abaco 415  --  Abaco private motorcycle

Abaco/415 — Abaco private motorcycle 2008

Exuma 372  --   private motorcycle

Exuma/372 — private motorcycle

846  --  National issue Government motorcycle (seen on Abaco)

846 — National issue Government motorcycle (seen on Abaco)

Normal Bahama Government plates have shown 'Government over the registration and Bahamas below.

Government /3165/Bahamas  —  Normal Bahamas Government plates have long shown ‘Government’ over the registration and ‘Bahamas’ below.

2015 sees the first of a variant on the Gvt. theme.      Brumby archive 2015

Nassau/3739/Government   —  2015 sees the first of a variant on the Gvt. theme.          Brumby archive 2015

The first Government plates were seen in 1960s London.   The new Ford Zephyr Mk 3 was GB-registered 340 EGX under the Home-Delivery Export Scheme, which allowed for collection ex-factory, a period of use in Europe & Britain, then a shipment to the country of purchase.         Brumby archive 1960s.

Bahamas/135/Government  —   The first Government plates  seen were in 1960s London.     The new Ford Zephyr Mk 3 was GB-registered 340 EGX under the Home-Delivery Export Scheme, which allowed for collection ex-factory, a period of use in Europe & Britain, then a shipment to the country of purchase.                                                       Brumby archive 1960s.

Another  1960s government plate, onn an Austin 1100.     VB archive c1966

Bahamas 348 Government  —  Another 1960s government plate, on an Austin 1100.      VB archive c1966

 

Specially-coloured plates for Govt. officers are black-on-mid-blue.    MP codes aMember of Parliament.     Brumby archive 2015.

MP 30 —  Specially-coloured plates for Govt. officers are black-on-mid-blue.        MP codes a Member of Parliament.                                            Brumby archive 2015.

CM 10    --  CM codes a Cabinet Minister

CM 10  — CM codes a Cabinet Minister  2015

 

T 815  --  Very few Out Island plates are to be seen   on New Providence.   This Eleutheran Cargo (Truck) was one in May 2015

T 815 — Very few Out Island plates are to be seen
on  New Providence.        This Eleutheran Cargo (Truck) was one in May 2015,   Front plate (rear plates carry adhesive tax renewal strips)

Another island plate seen was this Grand Bahama 55348.

Another Out Island plate seen was this Grand Bahama 55348.

 

Before each island issued its own plates, they used mainland numeric issues,  often with 'OUT ISLANDS' on the home-made plate, and often on a green background with white lettering.     This is a 1960s picture taken outside Harrods in London during the early 1960s.        Brumby archive c.1962

OUT ISLANDS 8856 BAHAMAS  —  Before each island issued its own plates, they used mainland numeric issues, often with ‘OUT ISLANDS’ on the home-made plate, and often on a green background with white lettering. This is a picture taken outside Harrods in London during the early 1960s.                                   Brumby archive c.1962

 

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2 Responses to Bahamas and Out-Islands

  1. John Harrison says:

    Hello Vic,

    I presume 340 EGX would have had a yellow frame on its plate. If so I’d like to use it for my book, please. I trust that would be OK.

    Regards

    John

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