Local french car number plates are set to be replaced with anonymous alternatives in 2009 inline with EU legislation, much to the annoyance of residents in the regions.
Currently a ’75’ plate identifies drivers as Parisian, a ’23’ plate shows that they come from more rural parts of central France and the list goes on… Officials believe that anonomising plates will bring relief to drivers, as they will no longer get undesirable reactions from other drivers based on where they live. Instead France’s fierce regional identities have denounced the idea as unhelpful, as local plates are thought to help defuse road rage between local drivers.
The use of cars is often thought to reduce community cohesion, as they allow people to travel long distances away from where they live, so the value of local number plates in France provides an interesting and alternative view. According to an article in the press today it appears that bumper stickers declaring words such as ’62 is us’ will be displayed alongside the anonomous new number plates when they hit the streets next year.
Source: The Guardian Monday 14th January 2008