The government may have called time on special number plates being sold by NGOs, but it looks like there’s still a run-out series or two left. One of these that look to have been approved before the new government came into power is YA, which joins the Y and YY plates that are already on the market.

Bidding for the series – numbered from YA 1 to YA 9999 – opened on July 1 and will end on July 13, with successful bids being announced on July 23. Minimum bid pricing for a single digit number is set at RM50,000, while two and three digit numbers start from RM5,000 and RM2,000 respectively. Tender prices for four digit numbers, meanwhile, begin from RM500.

The last special plate introduced via the NGO route was UP, but there have been a host of special plates in recent times. These include G1G-G999G, X, XX, YY, UU, GTR, GG, SAM, K1M, T1M, A1M, US, SMS, NBOS, NAAM, VIP, G, GT, U, Y, PERFECT, PATRIOT and FB, the last by JPJ itself.

The transport ministry said that existing special series plates that were previously approved will still be able to be sold over the next year. Transport minister Anthony Loke said earlier this month that a one-year grace period is being given to NGOs to sell and register numbers for their approved series. He added that there will be no extension to the time limit given by the government, and that no renewals will be permitted.

That doesn’t mean the end of special plates, of course, but just that it will all come only from one channel, namely the government. The first one, called ‘Malaysia’, will be open for bidding at all state JPJ HQs on August 1.