Diplomatic vehicle registration plate

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Swiss diplomatic plate
Macedonian diplomatic plate
Italian diplomatic plate, XG is the code of Vatican City
Indian vehicle registration plate of a car belonging to diplomatic mission of The Netherlands (code 52)
Current-style U.S. diplomatic plate from the late 2000s

Most countries issue diplomatic license plates to accredited diplomats. Per the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, these are special vehicle registration plates which typically have distinctive features to allow diplomatic vehicles to be distinguished from other vehicles by police and other bodies, allowing them to give diplomatic vehicles special treatment and warning them that the operators and passengers of those vehicles may have diplomatic immunity. Critics of these plates say that operators of these vehicles abuse these privileges, often parking in illegal spaces and breaking vehicular law without fear of repercussion.

Conventions on the format of diplomatic license plates vary from country to country. They often feature the letters "CD" (for "Corps Diplomatique"), "D" (for "Diplomat") or prefix of international organisations with diplomatic privileges, such as "EU" (for "EUROPEAN UNION") and "OSCE" (for "Organization For Security And Co-operation In Europe").


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