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Question About Car Licence Plates For ATCs  
User currently offlineYokoTsuno From Singapore, joined Feb 2011, 348 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4051 times:

On my last German business trip, I saw an unusual licence plate on the highway.It was a small blue licence plate with EURO written on it. Initially I believed that these were personalised plates until I jokingly asked my German co-workers. "Is this the amount of money the driver has on his bank account?".

Although they could not agree either where that licence plate came from (The Germans have black & white licence plates) one believed that this was an air traffic controller.

Is this true and if so why do European traffic controllers have different plates? Do they enjoy certain privileges like diplomats?

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User currently offline330Guy From Ireland, joined Nov 2010, 453 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4046 times:

I dont know about ATC but Doctors, Diplomats, Judges.. ect. often have a special plate added to thier reg. I think its so they dont get clamped or parking fines or anything like that as they have some extra benefits that us civies dont


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User currently offlinejetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2577 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4029 times:

Strange as it may seem, not to mention rather unnecessary, Eurocontrol staff in Belgium can apply for a licence plate such as the one you saw, which comprises nnnEURO, where nnn are digits. Personnally I'd rather not advertise my job to all and sundry like that, but maybe they have certain privileges.

http://www.enotes.com/topic/Vehicle_...e_plates_for_trailers_and_caravans



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3874 times:

Quoting jetlagged (Reply 2):
Strange as it may seem, not to mention rather unnecessary, Eurocontrol staff in Belgium can apply for a licence plate such as the one you saw, which comprises nnnEURO, where nnn are digits. Personnally I'd rather not advertise my job to all and sundry like that, but maybe they have certain privileges.

Do they get to park on-airfield at certain airports? Maybe this speeds up the security procedures for getting through the security gate  



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3479 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
Do they get to park on-airfield at certain airports? Maybe this speeds up the security procedures for getting through the security gate

Most ATC towers I know of or have been around are not within the SIDA area of the airport...but do have restricted access to their parking area and building. A secure swipe badge and special code are required much like any secure building complex.



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3427 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 4):
Most ATC towers I know of or have been around are not within the SIDA area of the airport...but do have restricted access to their parking area and building. A secure swipe badge and special code are required much like any secure building complex.

I know of at least one (mostly GA) airport here in the US where the tower personnel park inside the security gate...right at the base of the tower itself, as a matter of fact  



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