Vehicle plates are used to differentiate cars. In the past, Singapore used to have only 1 prefix to identify cars, the letter S. This eventually led to a suffix being added because of there being too many cars, and too few variations to create a vehicle plate with. It led to vehicle plates with the suffix S, followed by another letter and a few numbers. Eventually, it evolved to what it is today, a suffix followed by a prefix, 4 numbers and a check digit. But back then, it was just S96!
Specific vehicles has specific vehicle plate numbers!
The last letter of the vehicle plate is the checksum letter. This letter is generated based on the previous characters and therefore, is used to verify the authenticity of the vehicle plate. The formula works by converting up to two letters of the prefix to numbers (A=1, Z=26). Next, each individual number is multiplied by a set of fixed numbers – 14, 2, 12, 2, 11 and 1. The results are then added together and divided by 19. The remainder will then be used to find the corresponding letter in a string of 19 (A, Y, U, S, P, L, J, G, D, B, Z, X, T, R, M, K, H, E, C), with 0=A, Y=1, etc. Take for instance, PU104 will have ‘J’ as its checksum letter.
In Singapore, number plates have different colours to indicate their different uses.
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