Dalecary From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted
Tue Feb 4 2003 04:06:53 UTC (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2492 times:
glad someone else has noticed that. I've got no idea the reason why but I am guessing it may have something to do with the Royal family(Q=Queen???)
GAWZU From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 235 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted
Tue Feb 4 2003 08:35:31 UTC (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2453 times:
Actually, 'Q' is not used on the UK register at all, due to it's visual similarity with the letter 'O'. It's a similar situation with UK vehicle number plates, except that 'Q' is used in some cases - for kit cars, or vehicles who's age can not be positively determined.
Queen? What will happen to the 'Ks' when we next have a King?
Jayhup From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted
Tue Feb 4 2003 15:07:59 UTC (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2374 times:
That's what I thought...maybe it had something to do with the Queen. But the 'Oscar' for 'O' and the 'Quebec' for 'Q' are very different so I doubt it would cause confusion.
I guess we'll put it down to another of life's great mysteries.....
AAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1063 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted
Tue Feb 4 2003 15:21:14 UTC (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2364 times:
Q is just not used by anything on any UK register from what i know.
British Cars, as mentioned above are VERY VERY rarely registered with a Q (with few excpetions)
Jayhup, it doesnt matter what it sounds like, if you read what was posted above, he said "visually" very similar.... they LOOK not sound the same.
There are a few more we dont use on cars too arent there, U is one of them im sure, UK cars (in the old system) we'rent registered U---XXX
It's just one of those things... like why are Canadian aircraft only registered C-Fxxx or C-Gxxx?
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted
Tue Feb 4 2003 15:24:43 UTC (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2360 times:
"But the 'Oscar' for 'O' and the 'Quebec' for 'Q' are very different so I doubt it would cause confusion."
I think it is the similar apperance of the letters which would cause confusion / mis-reading, hence exclusion from the register.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...