It’s been nearly a couple of months since Putrajaya’s hot ‘F’ number plates were opened for tender by the Road Transport Department (JPJ), and now the authorities have finally done the same for the V 1 to V 9999 plate series. Buyers can begin bidding starting from tomorrow (July 15), before it closes on July 28 at 12 pm.

The new ‘V’ plates replace the current series of a prefix and a suffix, introduced in September 2013. According to deputy transport minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi, the public were more comfortable with the traditional plate sequence of a single prefix, versus the current system. “This is based on massive decline in bidding for the current KL number plate sequence. So I hope with ‘V’, it will get people excited,” he said.

Last time around, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail of Johor paid RM836,660 for the highly-coveted ‘F 1’ plate, making it the most expensive regular plate (not counting a reported RM1,308,000 for the special ‘PATRIOT 1’ plate from an unknown buyer). It beats his previous records of RM748,000 for ‘W1N’ and RM520,000 for ‘WWW 1’. Will ‘V 1’ be next on his list?