Help - number plate ID please...?

softlad
softlad Posts: 3,513
edited January 2010 in The bottom bracket
Can anyone shed any light on the origin of the number plate in the pic below please..??

Here's the story. I've lifted this pic from a motorcycle forum that I also spend some time on. The vehicle in the pic is a Rimor 'Superbrig' LHD camper which was stolen last week. The van was on UK plates and this footage was taken at the local petrol station shortly after the theft (sometime in the early hours) while the thief was filling it up(!) Clearly, the UK plates have already been switched for what looks like foreign plates - but the origin and the numbers are not clear. Current suggestions include Polish, Hungarian or German plates, but any other suggestions are welcome.

Any photo enhancement gurus or numberplate specialists out there - there might be a beer in it for you... ;)

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    edited January 2010
    I'd very much hedge my bets on Hungarian.

    German has the badges after the first or second letter.

    Polish is like out old Year/Letter suffix plates (e.g. ABC 123S)

    Hungarian -

    347px-Hungarian_license_plate.svg.png
  • Those letters/numbers look really big. Trade plate maybe?
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Trade plates tend to have bright orange lettering and most front ones have a triangle on the top...
  • softlad
    softlad Posts: 3,513
    A few people have said Hungarian, but I can only see two letters ('CH'..?) at the start - not three - so I'm wondering if that's correct.....
  • Yea looking at it closer it's not a trade. Possibly one made up by themselves to pass as ok to the untrained/unsuspecting eye?
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,211
    softlad wrote:
    A few people have said Hungarian, but I can only see two letters ('CH'..?) at the start - not three - so I'm wondering if that's correct.....

    Looks like CHR in front of the badges to me but the letters look like they has been altered with insulating tape (or they are poor quality hand made efforts!).
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Georgia, Estonia, Latvia and Moldova are also possibles but I feel Hungary is most likely.

    Have a look at 'Europe' here -

    http://www.worldlicenseplates.com/
  • EKIMIKE
    EKIMIKE Posts: 2,232
    With the Blue bit at the left hand side, it would have to be an EU Member State so 100% not Georgia or Moldova.

    Hungarian looks most likely.
    Czech is a possibility although they tend to have 4 characters after the symbols.
    Lithuania maybe.

    As for the picture it looks like CHR 900 to me.
  • northernneil
    northernneil Posts: 1,549
    EKIMIKE wrote:
    With the Blue bit at the left hand side, it would have to be an EU Member State so 100% not Georgia or Moldova.

    Hungarian looks most likely.
    Czech is a possibility although they tend to have 4 characters after the symbols.
    Lithuania maybe.

    As for the picture it looks like CHR 900 to me.

    +1 thats what I thought when I first looked, good luck with it
  • EKIMIKE wrote:
    With the Blue bit at the left hand side, it would have to be an EU Member State so 100% not Georgia or Moldova.

    Hungarian looks most likely.
    Czech is a possibility although they tend to have 4 characters after the symbols.
    Lithuania maybe.

    As for the picture it looks like CHR 900 to me.

    +1 thats what I thought when I first looked, good luck with it

    Same here.
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  • I thought the final digit could possibly be a 6, so...

    CHR 906
  • EKIMIKE
    EKIMIKE Posts: 2,232
    Yeh I've played around with the contrast, lighting, hue e.t.c. And all I can see is either CHR 900/906

    The first 0 doesn't look the same as the second 0 so it may well be a 6.
  • EKIMIKE wrote:
    Yeh I've played around with the contrast, lighting, hue e.t.c. And all I can see is either CHR 900/906

    The first 0 doesn't look the same as the second 0 so it may well be a 6.

    +1 - Have played around in photoshop...sharpened it/enhanced it etc etc...have come to the same conclusion.

    Good luck!
  • softlad
    softlad Posts: 3,513
    many thanks fellas - I have passed on the info.. :)

    Whether he will get it back or not is another matter. The assumption is that the thief fitted foreign plates to take it overseas...although I don't really know how these things work.

    There seems to be a lot of demand for second-hand motorcycles (especially off-roaders) in eastern Europe at the moment. There are stories of Poles coming over to the UK and paying cash for bikes (quite legitimately, I should point out) and then driving them back to Poland by the truckload.

    Maybe there is similar demand for campers...
  • EKIMIKE
    EKIMIKE Posts: 2,232
    With the ease at which you can go from country to country within the EU it would be no suprise that cross border vehicle theft could seem quite attractive. Eastern Europe still has issues. Organised crime in Bulgaria for example is massive.

    Nothing against migrants or Eastern Europe. Been trekking in the Polish and Slovak Tatra's and had an awesome time. Loads of friendly people.
  • LangerDan
    LangerDan Posts: 6,132
    The European countries with 3 letter - 3 digit reg plates are Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania and Belgium

    The plate above appears to have crests between the letters and digits

    Finland, Estonia & Belgium don't have those

    Lithuania has crests until they adopted the full EU plate in 2004, which is probably close to the age of the Rimor. However while it had the blue band on the LHS, it had the Lithuanian colours in the top LH corner - the plate above doesn't seem to be that "bright"

    The Swedish "crest" is a single block, whereas the plate above seems to have two

    So you're down to Hungary like wot NapD posted above
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