The Registration Numbers Club
An introduction and overview
The Registration Numbers Club is an independent nationwide organisation dedicated to the right to hold and transfer a cherished vehicle registration mark ... a right which has been in existence since 1903
The club was established in 1977 at a time of crisis for cherished numbers when the licensing authority staff were on strike and refused to process cherished transfers. This caused misery for many, many people ... numbers which had been owned for several years, even numbers which had been passed down from previous generations were in danger of being lost forever in the hands of bureaucrats !
Several owners of cherished plates in North Yorkshire joined forces and decided that some action was required. They attracted the services of classic car enthusiast and club magazine printer, Steve Waldenberg to act as Honorary Organising Secretary, and before long the Registration Numbers Club was formed.
After several press announcements, a large rally was held at Harewood House near Leeds, and within a short time over 2000 members had signed up! Following a massive parliamentary lobby, letters to MP’s and the press, the authorities relented and once again transfers of cherished numbers were allowed but incorporating some badly needed changes to prevent fraud.
THE RNC TODAY
The club has continued since then, issuing regular newsletters to members, holding an annual rally and generally keeping an eye on the whole UK vehicle registration system.
The concept of cherished numbers has changed dramatically since those early days, with many dealers and the DVLA marketing a range of marks. In reality there are few problems transferring numbers today and in many cases Local Offices transfer numbers in a matter of days.
The club is run on a voluntary basis from the RNC headquarters in Leeds. Its quarterly newsletter '"RNC NEWS" is the only independent publication to deal exclusively with cherished registrations and is still produced by one of the original founders.
In 2000 long time member Rod Lomax from Bury in Lancashire became the club's Publicity Officer and commenced marketing activities to gain it a higher profile.
CONTACTIf you own a cherished vehicle registration number and/or are interested in joining the RNC, we would be pleased to hear from you - just visit www.registrationnumbersclub.org.uk where you will find information and an application form. You'll be joining a group of like minded people and will obtain all the latest information on the whole fascinating subject of cherished registration numbers. We look forward to welcoming you.