Smile through traffic: Drivers to be allowed to put emojis on number plates

You might not be able to send a text while driving, but millennials can rejoice as Australian motorists will soon be able to send emojis to everyone else on the road.

Love them or hate them, emoticons are everywhere and they will soon be on Queensland car registration plates.

Drivers in Queensland will be able to add a selection of emojis to their vehicle registration plates from March 1. Source: PPQ Personalised Plates Queensland

In an unprecedented move, drivers in Queensland will be able to add a selection of emojis to their vehicle registration plates from March 1.

The unique idea is being rolled out by Personalised Plates Queensland (PPQ) and will allow motorists to choose from five emojis.

Queensland motorists will soon be able to have emoji number plates. Source: Getty, file

Drivers can pick from either a laugh out loud face, a wink face, a sunglasses-wearing emoji, a heart-eyes expression, or simply just a smile.

Some motorists may be disappointed to learn the poo and eggplant emoticons have been left off the list.

Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) spokeswoman Rebecca Michael said the additions were no different from allowing drivers to express themselves with decorative plates already in commission.

The decorative plates will be similar to those allowing drivers to support their favourite footy team. Source: PPQ Personalised Plates Queensland

“For quite some time we’ve seen that you can support your favourite team or your favourite town with a symbol on your number plate,” Dr Michael told 7 News.

“And using an emoji is no different.”

The emojis can be added to a mix of three letters and two numbers – a maximum of five characters only – for both standard and slimline plate sizes, and range in price from $165 to $475.

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