When one is driving a car he has to manage numerous risks and understand exactly what others will do and how they will react. When you are driving in Russia license plates of the nearest cars can be a valuable source of information. They can help you in identifying drivers with extra “capabilities” in lobbing their interests in police in case of accident.
With this article you will be able to identify risky cars while you are driving and check if the subject of your investigation has strong relations in governmental authorities.
STATE LICENSE PLATE
State registration plate is a unique identifier of a vehicle (car, motorcycle, trailer, etc).
The plate with the number is appropriated to the vehicle when it is registered in State Traffic Safety Inspectorate (GIBDD). The registration plate should be fixed in front and at the back of the vehicle.
STADARD REGISTRATION PLATES
The current Russian format of car registration plates utilizes a letter followed by 3 digits and two more letters; the region number, the letters “RUS” and the national flag are placed to the right edge of the plate.
Only 12 letters of Cyrillic characters similar to Latin alphabet are used: (А, В, Е, К, М, Н, О, Р, С, Т, У, Х).
The most distinctive features are region code and series of a license plate.
Setting your eyes on the letter combination on registration plate can determine what agency does this vehicle belong to. Here are some of them:
If the registration plate with the letter B is fixed in the vehicle, it means the vehicle belongs to a corporate body.
OTHER TYPES OF REGISTRATION PLATES
1. MIA (Ministry of Internal Affairs)
These registration plates include one white letter and four white digits on the blue background. The numbers on the right edge traditionally specify the region, except “77”, which defines belonging to the MIA RF. The flag on the right edge is absent. These registration plates are installed only on the vehicles with a special body color scheme. Apart from the blue plates MIA also uses numbers «А *** МР 97».
These registration plates have white characters (3 numbers, 2 letters, 1 number) on a red background. The flag on the right edge is absent. The first three numbers are a code identifying the embassy the car belongs to:
CD — the vehicle is registered at the ambassador or other incumbent of the mission
СС — the vehicle is registered at the consul or other head of the consular mission
D — the vehicle belongs to the diplomatic representation, consular office, international organization or to the employee of such representation/office/organization with diplomatic status.
T — the vehicle belongs to the diplomatic representation, consular office, international organization or to the employee of such representation/office/organization without diplomatic status (administrative and technical staff).
3. Armed forces
These registration plates have 4 white digits and 2 white letters on a black background. The two numbers on the right edge are a code for the Military district or the Armed forces branch or service and go with a certain letter combination. The flag on the right edge is absent.
4. Public transport
Some means of public transportation are considered «high-risk» – for example some shuttle bus drivers tend to drive aggressively, passengers can be getting in or out of the bus, so it is recommended to exercise caution around those vehicles.
These registration plates include black characters on a yellow background: 2 digits and 3 letters. The flag on the right edge is absent. Additionally, some of the yellow license plates are used on penitentiary vehicles, they can be distinguished by the marking «ФСИН» (stands for the Federal Service for Execution of Punishment).
5. The cars exported from Russian Federation
These registration plates have black characters on a white background, the format is: letter T on the left edge in the separate section, 2 letters and 3 numbers. The flag on the right edge is absent.
6. The trailers
The registration plates for trailers have black characters on a white background: 2 letters and 4 digits. There is a Russian flag on the right edge.
7. The transit (temporary) registration plate
The transit (temporary) registration plates are used for vehicles that are removed from the register or are not registered yet. The format is: 2 letters, 3 numbers, 1 letter and a yellow right edge with a region number and a flag. They are made of paper and then laminated.
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