Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Japanese License Plates

Japanese license plates come in three main types (there are sub-types). The white is for what is considered a 'regular' size car (which would be a compact car in America), the yellow is for a compact car (a sub-compact car in the USA) and the green license plate (not shown) is for a commercial vehicle such as a taxi. The classification means that the cars are taxed differently. The smaller the car, the less tax is applied to it across the board, including toll fees for bridge and highway use. The Japanese will even get out of their cars at the toll collection points to debate their tax fee, all done politely.


Vehicle Registration Plates of Japan Wikipedia Entry

6 comments:

Tornadoes28 said...

I like the idea of lower taxes for smaller cars. The US should do that. The cars that use less fuel should be taxed less.

Tony Mariani said...

I heartily agree with that. However, the disturbing trend in the USA is that people drive less to save money. So some states are talking about installing GPS systems in cars and taxing on actual mileage. How stupid is that? That will not encourage fuel efficient vehicles.

Udon_lover said...

The cars with green plates are for commercial car, like taxi and such.

Tony Mariani said...

Thanks Udon Lover. What are the size and color of plates for the miniature cars?

Udon_lover said...

I think that Japanese any small car, including miniature car has yellow plate as long as it's for private use. I have not done any research, though.

Udon_lover said...

I found the image of smart car in Japan with Japanese license plate. The picture is 4th picture from the top.

http://www.maw.co.jp/dress_up.html

As I guess, it's white.