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

* 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
XVN 1K Scarborough
LBB 1L London Borough of Bromley
RME 1L Rochester upon Medway
NBC 1W Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Prefix
H1 WMB Wrexham Maelor
K5 WDC Warwick District Council
L1 NLC North Lincolnshire
L100 SPA Royal Leamington Spa
M100 NEL North East Lincolnshire
N1 LBN London Borough of Newham
R111 BKC Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
T6 BUR Bury




Other Possibles/Unknowns
KDT 1D
XWM 1M
B1 UTE
H6 CBC
M2 YOR
S7 CFO
T1 FBC




Updates and more civic registrations are most welcome!



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