Drivers in the Australian state of Queensland will soon be able to add emojis to their licence plates. Starting from March 1, five emoji symbols become available: “laugh out loud”, “wink”, “sunglasses”, “heart” and “smile”.

The Personalized Plates Queensland agency stated that the emoji sign must be accompanied by a mixture of three letters and two numbers.

While most people are amused, some law experts warn that the personalization of the licence plates might be getting out of hand. Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts said the emojis could cause problems for the police’s number plate recognition system, which scans cars and checks whether the driver has outstanding warrants if the vehicle is unregistered.

“Clearly the government is trying to sex up number plates, with a view to making more money, and I can understand that. But the purpose of number plates is for the police to be able to identify vehicles. How do you write down the emoji in your number plate after an accident?”, he asked.


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