What is a car number plate?

A car number plate is just like our name to a car. Unfortunately unlike us a vehicle cannot speak and therefore has to be given a visual identification, such a number plate. In actual fact you could say that a car number plate is the car’s name. In the oxford dictionary it states that a name is a ‘word or a set of words by which a person, animal, place or thing is known, addressed or referred to’.

In the 1800’s when there where very few motor vehicles there was no real need to have number plates as more people travelled horse rather than by a vehicle. However in the early 1900’s with more and more vehicles being used, it became apparent that there was a need to identify each vehicle.  Shortly after the Emancipation Run from London to Brighton it was declared, that the roads were filthy and had to drive through a deep sea of mud, over surface of the most sodden and heavy matter. Also with increasing number of road users, and increased hazards, it was difficult to identify the offenders with the few regulations that existed. Therefore the birth of number plates!

Can you think of any other way that would be better to identify a vehicle other than number plates?