This is the twenty first century, is it not?
I was just wondering, because I came across a snippet of an article today that cast some doubts.
Apparently we are changing the way we organise our car number plates.
I remember the days when there was a system where most registrations started with a Z. ZA was Dublin, ZB was Cork and so on with a complicated system of letters per county. Then, back in the 70s [I think it was] we switched to a much simpler system of Year – County – Number. So the first car registered in Wicklow in 2010 would be 10 WW 1. Simples? It has stood the test of time and there is no reason to change it.
Or is there?
This is where we regress to the good old days of superstition.
Apparently they are worried that no one will buy a car next year. Why? Because the registration number will start with 13, so they have to change the system.
For fuck’s sake!
Superstitious fucking crap.
I have discovered that there is another superstition associated with cars, and that is that green is supposed to be an unlucky colour. Someone mentioned it to me after I had just traded in a green Ford Fiesta. Strangely enough, that car was involved in more accidents than all my other cars combined, and in every single accident, the car was stationary, and in some cases, unattended. People just seemed to like running into it. It was hit by a pedestrian, a motor cyclist, a pedal cyclist and several cars.
Not being a believer in superstition, it didn’t bother me that my latest car is described as “green”.
I have had it for nearly ten years now, and not one single bump or scrape.