THE DAYS of separate L and LK on car registration plates in the county and city should be numbered says a Limerick TD.
Deputy Patrick O’Donovan tabled a parliamentary question in the Dail regarding the likelihood of a single registration plate being on its way for Limerick.
“In view of the recently announced changes to vehicle registration and considering the merger of a number of city and county councils including Limerick, if he has plans to introduce a single identifier for cars registered in those local authority areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter,” asked Mr O’Donovan.
Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, replied, “I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that they are planning to review the local authority index mark element of the vehicle registration number format during 2013.”
Mr O’Donovan says he doesn’t have a strong opinion about whether it should be L or LK but he would like to see just one “because we are a single authority now”.
“I don’t really have a hang-up either way but I think there might be something in terms of the amount of digits that you can actually put on the plate.
“Bearing in mind we already have the number 1 added to 13, and with Limerick city and county merging obviously you are going to have to leave room for more numbers .
“There are more cars probably registered in the county than in the city purely because of the population.
“If you merge both I think there is a limitation in the amount of digits but I wouldn’t have a strong opinion on which one to use,” said Mr O’Donovan.
However, he does want to see just one because it is a “clear demonstration that it is a single Limerick from now on”.
Mr O’Donovan also welcomes the flags of the two Limerick authorities flying over city and county hall but hopes there will soon be a single corporate identity.
“At the end of the day whether you’re from Mountcollins or Murroe or Corbally there is no more or less Limerick anymore. We are all the one and I think that is how it should be perceived and that is how people should see it.” he said.