Queensland: Motorists in northeastern Australia can soon have their personality permanently stamped on their vehicles with the option of an emoji added to their licence plates.
It will be positive vibes only on the morning commute after a Queensland firm announced that from March drivers can add the smiling, winking, laughing out loud, heart-eyed and sunglasses emoji to their plates.
The stateâs largest automotive organisation has welcomed the digital addition.
âFor quite some time weâve seen you can support your favourite team or town with a symbol on your number plate and using an emoji is no different,â Royal Automobile Club of Queensland spokesperson Rebecca Michaels told AFP.
Queensland resident Laura McKee has already put her order in for the new look plates.
âItâs a bit of fun if this brightens up someoneâs day while they are stuck in traffic, then so be it,â she told AFP.
With a cost of between Aus USD 100 (USD 70) and USD 500 per plate, Queensland local Aroha Liebhart isnât a fan, and thinks the emojis could attract unwanted attention.
âThe cost pushes them out of reach for so many people, no one I know will be purchasing them when theyâre so expensive,â she told AFP.
âI live in a high crime area, I do believe this will entice people to target the cars who do have them.â
But resident Mark Edwards wants to see more options for drivers, to better express a driverâs changing moods.
âThey should be interchangeable so when youâre tired you can warn drivers, or when youâre a little angry you can swap them over,â he told AFP.