African Oddities

November 22, 2013

African checkout

A recent run round southern, central and northern Africa unearthed a few unexpected plate sightings, which Bloggers may like to share.     A car-park in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga (formerly Northern Transvaal) presented the remarkable photo opportunity to compare the latest Mozambique plate with the current MP local plate.     The background colours of the MOC Maputo Province help to identify them from the mainly black on white South African MP series – but remembering that the two places share a national border, it does seem odd that such similar formats were adopted.

Mpumulanga at left and Mozambique (Maputo Province to the right.

MP and MP  –  Mpumulanga at left and Mozambique (Maputo Province) to the right.

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The ZANZIBAR Post from this trip  is already up on the Blog and the ETHIOPIAN page will come shortly.

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BELOW:  Non. 2013.    Just leaving Zanzibar for Ethiopia, I glimpsed a new Range Rover parked off-road  in a secure compound, carrying a quite new plate type,     T 312 CCI  .    Unusually, the guards on the gate  didn’t display the usual paranoia and let me slip in to get a shot.    Later, The Venerable Neil found a Google reference to CCI  under  http://www.homeless-international.org, which seems to pin this hundred-thousand-dollar car to a homeless persons’ charity in Tanzania.     Nice design, anyway.

T 312 CCI  -  Identified by Neil Parker and Google, as an NGO in Tanganyika.

T 312 CCI – Identified by Neil Parker and Google, as an NGO in Tanganyika.

ETHIOPIA

One of the first oddities seen in Addis Ababa – and not surrounded by spooks – was this military vehicle with a good condition plate.

Ethiopian Defence Force 2013

Ethiopian Defence Force 2013

At the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie, now the University Ethnological museum in Addis, was a photo of his 1940s Ford V-8 convertible, on Harar plates.    A rotten shot of an old photo, but a rare image of an Abyssinian plate of the period – and from a jurisdiction other than  the capital.

HA 14ll - The characteristic font of early Ethiopian plates.....

HA 1411 – The characteristic font of early Ethiopian plates…..

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BELOW:    This was a costly shot.     A plate seen up a side-street,  from the corner of my eye, through the vibrating window of my 17th.-century LADA taxi,  I commanded my driver to stop for a photo-opportunity, believing it to be a Saudi plate in Addis Ababa.    Up-close, the delight at identifying my first current-system Sudani was unbounded!

However, a bod in a dish-dash thought there might be a security issue with a western pensioner flashing his camera at a parked car, and with many a warning in Amharic (which is not a strong card in my pack of languages) and much waving of his night-stick, he did all he could to obstruct my photo-capture.       Within a few minutes, the local police force was upon me, sporting their side arms and arresting both myself and my poor cab-driver, who had come over to try to spring me.

Frog-marched a kilometre or so across some open waste ground  we reached the police station, a few ramshackle tents with an open fire for the ubiquitous Ethiopian coffee pot.   Officers of ever-increasing rank were brought to judge me and my ridiculous story and none were convinced of the innocence of our noble pursuit, although they couldn’t quite see what we might be up to.   Eventually, in a fit of diplomatic legerdemain, I presented them with an opportunity to release us without loss of face – or  paying the usual dash which overcomes all in most places.    I can’t remember how.

Here, then, for your amusement, is the result of that hour’s investment in time and fear.    (Noting that the ‘4’ is the 100,000’s prefix to the serial no. 22477, making this Khartoum car 422477, isn’t it unbelievable that this poorest of all countries should have registered so many cars in the four years this series has been extant?  Over a hundred-thousand a year!!!!)

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Meanwhile, other snippets from recent times and varied sources:

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Mowqati’ 673KBL  –  (temporary/foreigner) in Afghanistan between 1974 and 2004.   Among the users of this plate type, were non-diplomatic embassy staff.       Note this Merc 180, seen in UK, sports an overseas AA badge, once a frequent sighting on used imports to GB.        Terry Gray archive.

Here is a typical overseas British Automobile Association radiator badge of the type created for all or most of the Commonwealth countries.

Here is a typical overseas British Automobile Association radiator badge of the type created for all or most of the Commonwealth countries.   These make a good collector’s subject.     Brumby archive

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The new dip. through the windscreen in Belgium during September 2013.      Brumby archive

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Mike Oldham saw this Tamil Nadu in Cyprus during October 2013!!!

Someone important in Malaya.

United Nations in Afghanistan, but identical to other theatres of operation, too.

UN 00438  –  United Nations in Afghanistan, but identical to other theatres of UN operation, too……..     Brumby archive

here's a pretty similar UN in Sudan...

UN 334  –  ……..here’s a pretty similar UN in Sudan…

Historic corner

This Austin A35 circa 1960, hails from Northern Rhodesia.   L and 3 numbers in the GB style could just as easily come from Aden or Cyprus, or Fiji or Labuan.....

L 219  –  This Austin A30 circa 1958, hails from Livingstone, then Northern Rhodesia and now Zambia.      In the 1950s,  L and 3 numbers in this GB style could just as easily have come from Aden or Cyprus, or Fiji or Labuan!

For example:

Another Austin, an A40 model, retired to an outdoor museum in Kota Kinabual, Sabah, but sporting 1960s plates from Labuan Island.

Another Austin, an A40 model, retired to an outdoor museum in Kota Kinabulu, Sabah, but sporting 1960s plates from Labuan Island.

Four numbers this time, but three were issued in Aden Colony in the 1960s.

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A Keith Marvin Aden  image from his 1960 book, 'License (sic) Plates of the World' - possibly the first volume dedicated to xeno-autonumerology!

A Keith Marvin Aden image from his 1963 *book, ‘License (sic) Plates of the World’ – possibly the first volume dedicated to xeno-autonumerology!

Ah – AND Turkish Northern Cyprus (still current)

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Keith Marvin's rare book, which brought mant worldwide collectors to each others notice, and helped to form associations.

 *Keith Marvin’s rare book, which brought many worldwide collectors to each other’s notice, which in turn,  helped to form long-standing associations.   A famed and very prolific writer on automobilia in the US, he died only about 2011, aged over 90.

AUF WIEDERSEHEN……….

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Zanzibar at last

November 3, 2013

ZANZIBAR Island & Archipelago

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Although the new design of Zanzibar island plate only commenced in 2008, there are none of the previous ZNZ  series left in circulation.    Every running vehicle was obliged to re-plate within a year.      Three dumped cars were seen from the former ZNZ series.    Sad to say, PEMBA island has lost its dedicated (PBA) plates since the 2008 series was introduced, so that both islands now have indistinguishable registrations.

About three years ago, possibly with financial assistance from an external assistance scheme, the two main roads, north and south of the capital,  were well re-made  (not just re-surfaced) and plate-spotters with a will to penetrate the far corners of Zanzibar can now travel the 180km from end-to-end in a (tiring) day, in their hired Suzuki 4wd with bald tyres and afro air-conditioning, at the handsome fee of US$50 p.d.       Petrol costs the same here as anywhere else (about US$2 per litre).    A policeman earns US$320 a month, to give an idea of how relatively expensive it is in this distant place, where every single thing has to be imported and the only income from exportation is a little fish and some spices such as cloves and pepper.

   The long arm of the law tends to hide under an avocado tree and bound out as the simple foreigner approaches, that arm now raised in the way of a highwayman.     A brief debate ensues, often concerning the prospects for Chelsea or Manchester United and, the grateful peeler’s paw being now stuffed with 1,600 Tanzanian shillings, or, better, a US dollar, our driver is able to proceed to the next stopping-point, where only the change of football club disturbs the interview format.     

From 1890 to 1963,  Britain ran the islands of the Zanzibar archipelago as a Protectorate, with a British Resident who guided the ruling sultans in matters of  governance.    The last Resident’s Ford Zephyr car is stored in a Stone Town Museum called The House Of Wonders and my ambition to witness it in the flesh was frustrated by the building’s closure and imminent collapse due to maintenance ‘difficulties’.     It is to be re-opened when the UNESCO (or anyone) has found a willing cultural donor to settle the bill for the new roof, as obviously, it isn’t thought to be the duty of Tanzania to correct the matter.    In an adjacent building outhouse, lies a 1951 Austin Princess ceremonial landaulette limousine, unplated, the grand transport of the Resident of that earlier period.

A preceding Resident (Governor) of the 1950s left this Austin ceremonial limo for his successors.    Brumby archive

A preceding Resident (Governor) of the 1950s left this Austin ceremonial limo for his successors. Brumby archive

R.     The Ford Zephyr left by the last Resident, during the violent 1964 revolution which followed Zanzibar's Independence in 1963.   The independent island was subsumed into Tanzania only three months later, but remains semi-autonomous.      (Brumby archive)

R.      The Ford Zephyr left by the last Resident, during the violent 1964 revolution which followed Zanzibar’s Independence in 1963. The independent island was subsumed into Tanzania only three months later, but remains semi-autonomous. (Brumby archive)

R = Resident.   A Bluemels-manufactured plate for Zanzibar.

R = Resident. A Bluemels-manufactured plate for Zanzibar.

FORMER SERIES – circa 1983 – 2008.

Although the new design of Zanzibar island plate only commenced in 2010, there are none left in circulation.    Either every vehicle was forced to re-plate, or there is no pre-2010 rolling-stock still working.    I believe the first is the case, even though some of the roads are predictably badly surfaced and there is little in the way of garage servicing which could extend their lives.     I cannot locate any new-vehicle dealers, from whom I might have grabbed a shot of a Trade Plate.     Here is a dumped Land Rover in a country spot, still sporting the ZNZ private vehicle series, which ran from the 1980s to 2010.

Here is a dumped Land Rover in a country spot, still sporting the ZNZ private vehicle series, which ran from the 1980s to 2008.

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In the case of the island government plates, there are still examples of the pre-2010 to be seen, as here with SMZ 5534, the letters abbreviating the Swahili for 'Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar'.     The island has a measure of self-government separate from Tanganyika, its mainland partner in Tanzania; mainland government plates also circulate on the island and these are of the Tanzanian Union format, usable in either place.    It is said that Zanzibar vehicles may not be used on the mainland, unless they change to the T-prefix Tanganyika type.

In the case of the island government plates, there are still examples of the pre-2008 series to be seen, as here with SMZ 5534, the letters abbreviating the Swahili SERIKALI MAPINDUZI ZANZIBAR for ‘Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar’.     The island has a measure of self-government separate from Tanganyika, its mainland partner in the union of Tanzania; mainland government plates also circulate on the island and these are of the Tanzanian Union format, usable in either place.    However,  Zanzibar vehicles may not be used on the mainland, unless they change to  mainland plates!

SERIKALI MAPINDUZI ZANZIBAR.  (Swahili for: Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar)         More recent SMZ government plates are being manufactured using the new Utsch equipment, though continuing the 4-numeral serials, as with SMZ 7209.

More recent SMZ government plates are being manufactured using the new (2008) Chinese equipment, though continuing the 4-numeral serials, as with SMZ 7209.    Possibly this series is, or has been, re-issued when a number became voided through scrappage of the previous vehicle.

Current government issues have developed to three numerals and a serial letters, presumably because the previous system reached 9999.    There are hundreds of Vespas in Zanzibar - far more than there are light motorcycles, which woud have thought were much more suitable for the poor roads......   SMZ 151 C here/

SERIKALI MAPINDUZI ZANZIBAR.  (Swahili for: Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar)         Former SMZ-NNNN government issues have progressed to three numerals and a serial letter, presumably because the previous system reached 9999.     There are hundreds of Vespa scooters on Zanzibar – far more than there are light motorcycles, the bigger wheels of which one would have thought were much more suitable for the poor roads……….. SMZ 161 C here.

and the new style on a Land Rover - SMZ 303 A.

…….and another new-format island government plate on a Land Rover – SMZ 303 A.

'Union' official series which are used both on Zanzibar and in Tanganyika, include the SU plates, issued to Para-Statal (semi-government) bodies.    Here is the only example seen, on a new light bus in Stone Town, the ancient arab capital town of the island.

SHIRIKA ya UMMA   (Agency of ?the State?)      This long-used  ‘Union’  official series which is used both in Zanzibar and in Tanganyika, is issued to Para-Statal (semi-government) bodies. Here is one of only three examples seen, on a new light bus in Stone Town, the ancient arab capital town of the island.    Note that these SUs run up to five numerals, as did the old TZ civilian plates on the mainland (and the ZNZ ‘s on Zanzibar).

The more common government vehicle plate uses the ST prefix, which ran to 9999 and then took a letter suffix between the ST code and the serial number, as with STK 5528.    K appears to be the latest suffix reached.

SERIKALI TANZANIA (Tanzania (union of) Tanganyika and Zanzibar archipelago Government)       These, quite common, Union government vehicle plates use the ST prefix, which first ran to 9999 and then took a letter suffix between the ST code and the serial number, as with STK 5528.   K appears to be the latest suffix reached, at November 2013.                                Note the slight variation in the design of the flags, between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.                                        Brumby archive

A new find seems to be the yellow on black speacial series for Police Tanzania.    They DO NOT like to have their kit photographed!

PT 0547:   A new discovery seems to be the yellow-on-black special series for Police Tanzania.   Take care – they DO NOT like to have their kit photographed!        Brumby archive

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Properly-pressed motor-bike version for police, using an unusual font.

PT 2142:    Properly-pressed motor-bike version for Tanzania police, (using an unusual font).                    Brumby archive

Fire Brigade, Army volunteers and ‘Navy’ series have been photo-captured by a variety of subterfuges and these will be added here shortly, along with any other items of interest.

MISSING TRADE SERIES

I cannot locate any new-vehicle dealers, from whom I might have grabbed a shot of a Trade Plate.    LATER:   I learn that the Trade Plate series has not been issued since 2007 and that there MAY be a re-introduction in 2014.

There is no car hire business in Zanzibar – thus no plate series.     If one needs a rental car, private owners met in an alley will walk for a week if US$50 a day is suggested to them by way of recompense for handing over their wheels, but the condition of the vehicle can cause the tourist to do plenty of walking, too.

Our Suzuki actually kept going for a week, but the rental fee was greater than the value of the car!

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The car I bought!

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Some Zanzibar official series:

Tanzania union army JESHI WANACHI (Citizens' Force) registered first in 2005.    Brumby archive

8061 JW 05   Tanzania union army JESHI WANACHI (Citizens’ Force) registered first in 2005.                        Brumby archive

The Fire Brigade

KIKOSI cha KUZUIAMOTO (Group to Prevent fire) – The Fire Brigade.        Used only in Zanzibar.                                 Brumby archive.

Volunteer emergency force under the military control.

KVX 120 – KIKOSI VALANTIA ZANZIBAR – (Zanzibar Volunteer Group) for deployment in emergencies under military control – Zanzibar use only.  (Perhaps we might say Civil Defence)       Brumby archive

Tanzania Navy, sometimes seen with a yellow anchor on the plate.

KIKOSI cha KUZUIQ MAGENDO – (Group to Prevent Smuggling) there being no EAZ navy, and used on Zanzibar archipelago only.   Sometimes seen with a yellow anchor on the plate.   (Perhaps the better description might be Coastguard.)             Brumby archive

Ambulances and Health Ministry transportation is marked by (usually painted) red plates with the white code DFP and up to 4 numerals,  representing Donor-Funded Projects, using vehicles of all types imported free of duty.

DFP is for Donor-Funded Projects, by which vehicles are imported free of duty for humanitarian duties.

DFP is for Donor-Funded Projects, by which vehicles are imported free of duty for humanitarian duties.

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Donor-Funded Projects such as Malaria Prevention, Vaccination programmes etc. run by local MoH and foreign assistance.         Brumby archive

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BELOW:   A handful of Consulates work in Stone Town, the principal diplomatic functions occurring in Dar-es-Salaam.    Here is a CC example, showing the extra ‘Z’ which possibly differentiates it from the mainland consular series, which uses ‘T’ only.

Embassy code 64 is presently unidentified.

Embassy code 64 is presently unidentified.

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BELOW:   From the mainland, but working in Zanzibar, with no alteration to the plates, are some UN diplomats with their characteristic blue plates, rather than green for normal diplomats.   203 is for UNDP, but agency 210 is unlisted.

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First notification of a new EAT NGO series.   CCI is an Non-Government Organisation in Tanzania.  see http://www.cci.or.tz/     Seen in Zanzibar Oct 2013.

T 312 CCI.   First notification of a new EAT  NGO series. CCI is an Non-Government Organisation in Tanzania. see http://www.cci.or.tz/       Seen in Zanzibar Oct 2013.

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THE OFFICERS OF GOVERNMENT

BELOW:     The world’s government officials enjoy the display of their authority via special plates (see Western Samoa) and Zanzibar is no exception.     Here are some Island Government Ministers’ plates – more code explanations will follow when my Swahili sharpens up…….

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WA=WIZARA wa AFYA (Minister of Health)

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W AMMN = WAZIRI ya ARDHI, MAJI, MAKASI & NISHATI            –           Minister of Land,Water, Housing and Energy                          Brumby archive

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WN(OR) KUU = WAZIRI wa NCHI OFISI ya RAIS KAZI na UTUMISHI wa UMA:   Secretary of State in the President’s Office of Public Service Works.                    It is good to use abbreviations, when your job description is as lengthy as this!        Brumby archive

NW - Deputy (N) Wizara of an unknown department of government.

NW – (NAIBU WAZIRI wa MAJI  MALVADILO) –  Deputy Minister of the Depts. of Water and Agriculture

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Then there are District and Regional Commissioners, also with new 4wd transport, to help them do their kindly duty to the peasantry.

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DC = District Commissioner for Southern (Urban) Zanzibar

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RC = Regional Commissioner for Western (Urban) Zanzibar

The Speaker of the House, presumably, speeding through the Stonetown traffic en route to deliver a stirring oration.       Brumby archive

The Speaker of the House, presumably, speeding through the Stonetown traffic en route to deliver a stirring oration++.                     Brumby archive

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The normal system, from 2008:

EX is the latest serial to be issued (Nov. 2013)   All vehicle types use the same series, but the plate colour changes according to the vehicle use  - Private (all vehicle types) Taxi, Tourist Taxi, Cargo/public carrier.

EX is the latest serial to be issued (Nov. 2013)      All vehicle types use the same series, but the plate colour changes according to the vehicle use – Private (all vehicle types), Taxi, Tourist Taxi, Cargo/public carrier.

Motorcycle front plate in pressed alloy, for bikes which have somewhere to mount a long plate.    Otherwise, they use an adhesive sticker plate.

Motorcycle front plate in pressed alloy, for bikes which have somewhere to mount a long plate. Otherwise, they use an adhesive sticker plate.

The adhesive plates are particularly useful for the many Vespa scooters which are found on Zanzibar, and mount on the front apron.

The adhesive plates are particularly useful for the many Vespa scooters which are found on Zanzibar, and mount on the front apron.

Adhesive plate Z 830 AB mounted on a Vespa apron.      Brumby archive

Adhesive plate Z 830 AB mounted on a Vespa apron.       Brumby archive

Pressed metal rear plate layout for all 2- and 3-wheelers

Pressed metal rear plate layout for all 2- and 3-wheelers

Normal taxis can be rather decrepit and receive these white on red alloy plates since 2008.     Newer, safer cabs use the same red background, buth with yellow digits,

Public Buses and normal taxis (which are rather decrepit) receive these white on red alloy plates from 2008.        Newer, safer cabs suitable for foreign visitors use the same red background, but use yellow digits     Brumby archive

Tourist Taxi using yellow on red pressed plates.

Tourist Taxi using yellow on red pressed plates.

Lorry plates, for carrying goods for hire and reward, use a dark yellow plate with black digits, from the normal registration system.

Lorry plates, for carrying goods for hire and reward, use a dark yellow plate with black digits, the serials from the normal registration system.

It is interesting to note that EAZ uses white plates for private vehicles and yellow for commercial, whereas Tanganyika, the mainland component of Tanzania 20 minutes away by ferry, uses the reverse – white for commercial trucks and buses, and yellow for private vehicles……..    Vive la difference!   

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STAR PRIZE.      As a post-war car buff, I give the Medal of Zanzibar to this surviving Austin A35, carrying its plates from the c.1983 series. - - though not in use.     Who knows what previous series plates it may have previously botne?????      Brumby archive
STAR PRIZE. As a post-war car buff, I give the Medal of Zanzibar to this surviving Austin A35, carrying its plates from the c.1983 series. – – though no longer  in use.     Who knows what previous series plates it may have previously borne?????       It would have been the AA 6 type or the next, MYP 123 format (Both in British size/digits.)                             Brumby archive
One of the world's rarest plate sights............

One of the world’s rarest plate sights…………


Seychelles

April 10, 2013

SEYCHELLES

 

Never one to shirk La Dolce Vita,  my plate-researcher’s soul was ever  drawn to warm, safe places and I felt  it could be left to other, bolder members to deal with Chechnya, DRC, CAR, North Korea, Nigeria and New Guinea.   In modern times, Mr Ralidis appears as a heroic figure, who chances life and limb to snatch plates from the jaws of  cruel zones such as Iran and Pakistan.    A medal may one day be his.      The islands of the Indian Ocean always seemed to appeal on hedonistic  grounds, and save, now,  for the marauding bandit sea-pirates off the Somali coast, it remains one of the world’s fine zones.

British Airways catapulted me to Mahé Island, and to the capital village, Victoria in 1991.     For a tiny place,  it had a pleasing variation of plates, designed after the style of the British, who controlled the islands from 1903 until independence in 1976, when they fell under the stultifying spell of Russian communism.    From the first cars there, about 1937, straightforward white/silver on black plates with an S prefix followed by up to four serial numbers were, and remain, the normal private series (though now using five-digit serials).

Most plates were properly made, but here is a painted variant.    Brumby archive

Most plates were properly made, but here is a painted variant. Brumby archive

S 234 is a plate from the Mas collection

S 234 is a plate from the Mas collection

Seychelles permits retention of voided numbers and low numbers are always re-used.    Brumby archive

Seychelles permits retention of voided numbers and low numbers like S 5  are always re-used.    Motor cycles use normal car plates, but smaller.         Brumby archive

Musician/Beatle George Harrison had invested in a grand hotel project with Peter Sellers and others on Mahé – and in the British rowing town of  Henley-on-Thames, where he lived, near my home, I saw his gold Rolls-Royce Corniche  convertible on Seychellois plates AND sporting an SY oval – clearly a souvenir of the islands which he had had flown home!     Sadly no photo – he was driving the other way – and George was no slow driver!   Among his many quick cars was one of the first V12 6-litre F1 McLaren streetcars.

Taxis carried normal plates, supplemented by this specially-manufactured Hire Vehicle plate with its unique authorising number.     Brumby archive

Taxis carried normal plates, supplemented by this specially-manufactured Hire Vehicle plate with a unique authorising number.       Brumby archive

Seychelles Government employ a serial from the national series, on black, using a G prefix.    Brumby archive..

Seychelles Government plates employ a serial from the national series, on black, using a G prefix, removable when withdrawn from service..    Brumby archive..

Government vehicles used the same series, but with a red background, repainted black when sold in to private use.    Brumby achive

Parastatal (semi-government) vehicles used the same series, but with a red background, repainted black when sold in to private use. S 1537.  Brumby archive

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Diplomats plates were also taken from the main system, but yellow-backgrounded, and with CD or CD appended to the plate in a random way.    Brumby archive

Diplomats’ plates were also taken from the main series, but yellow-backgrounded, and with CD or CC appended to the plate in a random way.   S CD 6266.   Brumby archive

Uncoded CD 2046 CD

1991. Uncoded Seychelles Diplomatic Corps  S 2064 CD

the less-fequently-sen Consulat variant, CC S 1884.    Brumby archive

The less-frequently-seen Consular Corps variant,                 CC S 1884.       Brumby archive

the very rare sight of a UN variant UN S 6993 is characterised by a green background - a change from UN Blue!

The very rare sight of a CD  UN variant UN S 6993 is characterised by a green background – a change from UN blue!     Brumby archive.

A handful of motor dealers exist on Mahé island only and use test plates to legally move untaxed vehicles.    What a fine plate!      Brumby archive

A handful of motor dealers exist on Mahé island only and use red  Seychelles  Test plates to legally move untaxed vehicles.    What a fine plate!      Brumby archive

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