It was previously announced that the government would stop the practice of issuing special number plate series to NGOs. However, any series that were previously approved before this decision would be allowed to go on sale, with a one-year grace period. Another such bunch of plates is the IQ series, which runs from IQ 1 to IQ 999.
This plate series has been around for some time, with tenders being open from August 8 to August 28 last year. The Road Transport Department (JPJ) approved the special series plate for Yayasan Ar-Ri’Ayah, with sales of the series being managed exclusively by Skyport Global Sdn Bhd.
Tender prices range from as low as RM3,500 right up to RM250,000, the latter being the case of the plate ‘IQ 3’. Double-digit numbers, which are rather popular, are priced from RM18,000 to RM23,000.
The last special plate introduced by a private organisation was E, but there have been a host of special plates in recent times. These include UA, YA, UUU, UP, G1G-G999G, X, XX, YY, UU, GTR, GG, SAM, K1M, T1M, A1M, US, SMS, NBOS, NAAM, VIP, G, GT, U, Y, PERFECT, PATRIOT and FB by JPJ itself.
Then there’s the government-issued “Malaysia” series that set a new record for the highest sum paid for a specific vehicle registration plate, with RM1,111,111 being paid for “Malaysia 1”. The bid by Aldi International broke the previous record held by “V1”, which was purchased for RM989,000 in 2016.