This year’s edition will see bids for 301 sets of licence plates beginning with the Thai alphabet letters KorRor (กร), explained Manop Suthipong, who is currently the acting chief of the Phuket Land Transport Office.
The auction will get underway at 9am on May 21-22, and the license plates to be auctioned can be used only for non-commercial vehicles rated to carry no more than seven people, he added.
“Anyone interested in bidding can register at the Phuket Land Transport Office during office hours from April 1 to May 20. People can also register at the Merlin Hotel on the auction days,” Mr Manop told the press on Tuesday (Mar 22).
“The person with the highest bid will have the chance to pick whatever license plate number they want from the 301 sets of plates reserved for the auction, and money raised from the auction will go towards road-safety campaigns and a charity for victims of road accidents.”
The event last year event raised B20,552,000, said Mr Manop.
“The auction was for license plates with the letters KorYor, with 413 people attending the event and the highest bid was B700,000, plate number 9999, followed by B500,000 for plate number 8888,” he said.
Vice Governor Prajiad Aksornthammakul said, “I expect more people will take part in the auction this year and generate more than B20 million.
“Last year, Phuket received B1,191,100 to promote road-safety campaigns, which we used to promote the use of helmets and accident prevention seminars.
“We also donated B1,114,000 to charity to assist 22 road accident victims and paid for wheelchairs and artificial legs for those injured in road accidents.”
For more information about the auction, call the Phuket Land Transport Office at 076-211019 ext 101, 203, 205 or 206.