Superstition may explain new Irish car plates
This year, a new number plate system has been introduced in The Republic of Ireland.
Since 1987 Irish plates have featured a two-digit year indicator prefix, for example, '87-D-1234' but the 2013 issue will be split into two halves, just like the UK system, indicated by '131' (January to June) and '132' (July to December).
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry's Director General, Alan Nolan, says, "While it is too early to tell how new car sales are doing, given that we are in the first few days of sales, there certainly has been a lot of interest from the public in the new number plate."
The official reason for the change is that it allows for a more accurate indication of a vehicle's age such as within six months rather than a whole year. There is widespread speculation, however, that part of the reasoning behind the new format was to avoid the supposedly 'unlucky 13', which, it is thought could deter people from buying.
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