Karen Maree is one of many Warwick residents who have personalised their cars with unique number plates.
Karen Maree is one of many Warwick residents who have personalised their cars with unique number plates. Jonno Colfs

Karen's TR1N1TY of motorised joy

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KAREN Maree believes in the TR1N1TY of health and when she's driving around Warwick she hopes other locals will get her message.

When she turned 50, the nutrition consultant decided to splash out on herself and her business by buying a number plate that sums up her passions.

Karen is one of 305 Warwick region residents who, in the past year, have personalised their vehicles with unique number plates.

They cost from $165 to $3300 and the region is home to a wide array of unique registrations including these beauties: WILL73, 68MINI, HEY608, WCKAUTO and H4VAGO.   

"My business is Trinity of Health," Karen said.

"I wanted to get TRINITY but that was not available so I chose TR1N1TY.

"I was surprised to get it because Trinity is a first name so I expected it not to be available."

Karen said she considers the $3300 investment as an important marketing tool and it was a big step-up from her old KAZ967.

Personalised Plates Queensland managing director Jemma Elder said more than 750,000 personalised plates had been issued.

Ms Elder said vehicle owners were happy to spend big on them because they were a "fun and creative way" to express themselves.

"A lot of people are very proud of their vehicles and it's a way for them to express themselves and their passion for their cars and to complement the look of their car."

While most people opt for letter and number combinations that will not offend, there are some motorists who like to push the envelope and choose plates that are not appropriate for our roads.

"We work very closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads who provide very strict guidelines to adhere to," Ms Elder said.

"We run every plate against the very strict assessment criteria to ensure they are clean and that they are appropriate for display."

While PPQ sells the unique regos on more than 250 types of plates and designs, it's the DTMR that produces the finished plate.

- NewsRegional

News Corp Australia


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