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Vehicle registration plates of Botswana

Number plate from Botswana

Vehicle registration plates of Botswana for normal motor vehicles begin with the letter B, followed by three digits, followed by three letters. The digits and letters are assigned by a registrar. The three letters will never include the letter Q so as to avoid confusion with the letter O. The front number plates have black lettering on a white reflective background. The rear number plates have black lettering on a yellow reflective background. Public passenger number plates have blue lettering on a white reflective background in the front and white lettering on blue background at the rear.

Government vehicles all have the prefix BX, except defence force vehicles which have the prefix BDF. The front BX number plates have red lettering on a white reflective background. The rear BX number plates have white lettering on a red reflective background. The BDF number plates have white letters on a green non-reflective background for the front plate and black letters on a green non-reflective background for the rear plate.

Diplomatic vehicles’ number plates starts with two digits, two letters (CD, CC or CT) and a further three digits. These digits are allocated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.[1]

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Botswana plate 01.JPG Black on White A123BCD Passenger car front plate
Botswana-rear-plate.jpg Black on Yellow A123BCD Passenger car rear plate
Botswana public plate.jpg White on Blue A123BCD Public service vehicle rear plate
Botswana temporary plate.jpg White on Red AB123456 Government vehicle rear plate

Republic of Botswana and Bechuanaland ProtectorateEdit

These codes dating back to the Protectorate continued in use after independence:

  • BPA – Francistown
  • BPB – Serowe
  • BPC – Tuli Block
  • BPD – Gaborone
  • BPE – Molepolole
  • BPF – Lobatse
  • BPG – Kanye
  • BPH – Tshabong
  • BPI – Ghanzi
  • BPJ – Maun
  • BPK – Kasane
  • BPL – Mochudi

Government:

  • BPX – Government vehicles

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Road Transport (Permits) Act, CHAPTER 69:03

2. Holcroft’s South African Calendar 1975, published by Vergne, Pretoria (for earlier codes).

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