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Civic Registration Marks

Distinctive registration marks on Mayoral and civic vehicles are often used and most of the marks were the letters issued by the council's own Motor Taxation office eg Bournemouth issued the EL marks and chose EL 1 for use on its Mayoral car. Some like the City of Westminster obtained WE 1 from the issuing authority, in this case Sheffield.

Grimsby Council had experience of both these sources: at first it used AJV 123 on the mayoral car, JV being its own issue, but later it decided GY would be more distinctive as it would imitate the registration letters of trawlers in the port. In 1956 it obtained the mark GY 1 from London County Council for the transfer fee of £5.

In Scotland it became customary in some councils for civic vehicles to have a zero plate and thus Edinburgh has S 0 and Glasgow G 0. The only zero mark in England is LM 0 used by the Lord Mayor of London since 1964 and this has only ever been displayed on Rolls-Royce cars.

It is believed that TS 1 has been used by the City of Dundee on its civic car since 1904.

In the 1950s and '60s it was common for cities to use Rolls-Royce limousines for their civic head, but now only London and Westminster do so, and as councils come under increasing financial pressure some of these distinctive plates have been sold: in 2008 Essex County Council sold their F 1 plate for £440,625, and GY 1 was sold in January 2005 for £41,125. GY 1 was evidently bought as an investment: it has never been used on a vehicle and has been offered for sale since, now at £250,000.
(January 2017)






Civic Registration Marks and their Council


G 0 Glasgow
HS 0 Eastwood
LM 0 City of London
RG 0 Aberdeen
S 0 Edinburgh
SY 0 Midlothian
V 0 Strathclyde (Glasgow)
VS 0 Greenock (Inverclyde)


ABC 1 Leicester
1 ABC Leicester
1 ABM Luton
ABU 1 Oldham
ACB 1 Blackburn
AE 1 Bristol
AEK 1 Wigan
AEO 1 Barrow in Furness
APR 1 Poole
1 AUU Waltham Forest
AYR 88 Ayr
B 1111* Lancs CC
1 BBB East Yorks CC
BK 1 Portsmouth
1 BY Croydon
CB 1 Blackburn
CCH 1 Derby
CCK 1 Preston
CD 1 Brighton
CDJ 1 St Helens
1 CFJ Exeter
CMB 1 Crewe & Ntw
1 COV Coventry
DH 1 Walsall
DK 1 Rochdale
DN 1 York
DY 1* Hastings
DY 1066 Hastings
1 EA Sandwell
ECC 1 Essex CC
ED 1 Warrington
EG 1 Peterborough
EK 1 E Kilbride
EL 1 Bournemouth
EM 1* Bootle
EN 1* Bury
ES 1 Perth & Kinrs
ET 1 Rotherham
F 1* Essex CC
1 F Essex CC
FC 1 Oxford
1 FD Dudley
FFY 1 Southport
FMA 1 Trafford
FV 1* Blackpool
GCN 1 Gateshead
GRR 1 Mansfield
GVF 1* Humberside CC
GVU 1 Chesterfield
GWF 1 Beverley
GY 1* Gt Grimsby
1 HA Sandwell
HB 1 Merthyr Tydfil
HG 1 Burnley
HJ 1 Southend
HJY 1 Plymouth
JDA 1 Wolverhampton
JFE 1 Lincoln
JHN 1 Darlington
JJA 1 Stockport
KG 1* Cardiff
1 KH Kingston u Hull
KH 1 Kingston u Hull
L 1* Glamorgan CC
L 50 Lancaster
1 LAC* Stratford u Avon
LOM 1 Birmingham
1 MKP Maidstone
MPE 1* Reigate & Banstd
MPP 1 Slough
MTJ 1 Kirklees
MVH 1 Kirklees
MWD 1 Rugby
N 10 Manchester
1 NCG Gosport
NDW 1 Newport
NH 1 Northampton
NHX 1 Northampton CC
NTV 1* Nottingham
NTV 2 Nottingham
OBB 1 Newcastle on Tyne
OGR 1 Sunderland
1 PNN Nottingham CC
1 R* Derby CC
RBK 1 Kingston on Thames
RJ 1 Salford
SNY 1 Vale of Glamorgan
SOL 1 Solihull
THE 1 Barnsley
THE 2 Barnsley
TP 1 Portsmth
TR 1 Southampton
TS 1 Dundee
U 1 Leeds
1 UTO Nottghm
1 VB Croydon
1 VHX Enfield
1 VT Stoke o T
WE 1 Westmstr
WH 1 Bolton
WWV 1 Thamesdn
XFM 1* Chester
1 XKT Kent County Council
XVN 1 Scarboro
YAB 1 Dudley
YMY 1 Ealing
YNP 1 Oldbury
YUT 1 Charnwood

* sold/no longer used by council




Rolls-Royce Limousines used as Civic Cars

City of London, the Lord Mayor


Model Date Reg mark
Silver Wraith Several vehicles, details unknown
LM 0 first used 1964/65
Phantom V Nov 1967 LM 0
Phantom VI May 1969 LM 0
Mar 1970 LM 0
Jan 1971 LM 0 then GGX 342J for Sheriffs
June 1973 GYY 127L for Sheriffs
Dec 1984 LM 0



Other Local Authorities that have used Rolls-Royces

Silver Wraith
Sep 1947 HTU 591 Derby
Oct 1949 u/k Edinburgh
May 1950 OBB 1 Newcastle on Tyne
Nov 1950 BHF 1 Wallasey
Mar 1951 OVT 1 Stoke on Trent
Mar 1954 OKF 1 Liverpool
? 1955 N 10 Manchester
July 1956 u/k Glasgow
July 1957 MVH 1 Huddersfield
? LOM 1 Birmingham

Phantom V
Apr 1960 ABC 1 Leicester
July 1960 TTU 1 Cheshire CC
Feb 1961 AKA 1 Liverpool
Dec 1961 S 0 Edinburgh
? 1962 WE 1 Westminster
June 1963 KG 1 Cardiff
Aug 1964 NTV 1 Nottingham
Oct 1964 N 10 Manchester
May 1966 CCH 1 Derby
June 1966 TTU 1 Cheshire CC
June 1968 JWJ 1F Sheffield
Mar 1968 LXT 21 Birmingham

Phantom VI
Dec 1968 TVT 273G Stoke on Trent
May 1969 WE 1 Westminster
Aug 1969 CPL 195H Kensington & Chelsea
Sept 1969 S 0 Edinburgh
Jan 1970 ABC 1 Leicester
Oct 1970 DRG 1 Aberdeen
Jan 1971 GRR 999J Nottingham CC
Feb 1971 1 R Derby CC
May 1972 G 0 Glasgow
June 1972 AYR 88 Ayr
? 1976 u/k West Glamorgan CC

Park Ward
Jan 2000 WE 1 Westminster






Other Personalised Registrations

Suffix
KDT 1D Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
XVN 1K Scarborough
LBB 1L London Borough of Bromley
RME 1L Rochester upon Medway
NBC 1W Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Prefix
A13 LBR London Borough of Redbridge
H1 WMB Wrexham Maelor
H6 CBC Crawley Borough Council
K5 WDC Warwick District Council
L1 NLC North Lincolnshire
L100 SPA Royal Leamington Spa
M2 YOR Hereford City Council
M100 NEL North East Lincolnshire
N1 LBN London Borough of Newham
R111 BKC Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
S7 CFO Swindon Borough Council
T1 FBC Fareham Borough Council
T6 BUR Bury




Other Possibles/Unknowns
XWM 1M Southport?
B1 UTE ?




Updates and more civic registrations are most welcome!



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