I thought a Nissan Sunny GTi-R registered as a van was already outrageous, but one driven by a diplomat is even more bizarre! But like every new Guinness world record: it will be broken. So yeah, a GTi-R on diplomatic license plates has become the new norm! I have to admit that, as a big exception, I didn’t spot this car myself.
Diplomatic Nissan Sunny GTi-R
These photos appeared on Autojunk about nine years ago. Back in a day I bookmarked this with the intention to post it here one day. I generally don’t like to post photos with license plates openly, but this one was already posted on Autojunk. Also the license plates since then have been removed from the RDW (our DVLA) and probably the diplomat moved on to either to another country or a Nissan Skyline R34.
Dutch diplomatic license plates
Diplomatic plates in the Netherlands contain the CD designation. Diplomatic plates mean the person (or their family member) has diplomatic status. This means they could be considered to receive diplomatic immunity and thus not having to obey the any traffic rules or speed limit. Naturally diplomats would never (ab)use this right. Especially not with a cannonball like a Sunny GTi-R!
Diplomatic plates should not be confused with with the BN and GN designations. These plates are handed out to personnel of the embassy and consuls. These plates don’t give diplomatic immunity. So if you own a car in the Netherlands with these designations, don’t go over the speed limit!