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Australia to Issue Car Plates with Emojis

Australia to Issue Car Plates with Emojis

Friday, 22 February, 2019 - 07:15
This undated promotional handout image released to AFP by Personalised Plates Queensland in Brisbane on Feb. 21, 2019 shows a car with a licence plate displaying an emoji next to the number.
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An Australian state will begin offering drivers personalized license plates with emojis for the first time in the world.

An emoji is a small digital icon or image used to express an object, symbol, emotion or idea. Examples include expressive faces and vegetables, the German News Agency (DPA) reported.

Vehicle-owners in Queensland can add emojis to their license plates from March 1, the company supplying the new plates Personalized Plates Queensland (PPQ) said Wednesday.

Initially, only five types of emojis will be offered: heart eyes, smiley, sunglasses, laugh-out-loud and winking faces, said the concerned authority in Queensland.

Even though they will be displayed on official plates, the emojis will just be for decoration, and won't be part of the car's registration. The white-on-black plates will have a mix of three letters, two numbers and one of the five emojis. The emoji plates will cost 475 Australian dollars (US $340).

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