A handful of hypothetical stories have been published all over the web regarding why Steve Job’s car did not have a license plate. But iTWire claims to have finally uncovered the truth. In a one hour encounter with CTO of Entrust Jon Callas, who has also worked at Apple in the past as a senior security officer, they asked him if he had any idea about “the number plate saga”. Luckily he did, and according to him Steve loved the whole “think different” and be different thing, so he discovered a perfectly legal way to permanently drive without a license plate.
The source tells the story:
Steve (or someone close to him) spotted a loophole in the California vehicle laws. Anyone with a brand new car had a maximum of six months to affix the issued number plate to the vehicle.
So Jobs made an arrangement with the leasing company; he would always change cars during the sixth month of the lease, exchanging one silver Mercedes SL55 AMG for another identical one. At no time would he ever be in a car as old as six months; and thus there was no legal requirement to have the number plates fitted.
What’s even more interesting to know is that the leasing company was more than happy to supply him a new car every six months as they were able to sell the previous one to another buyer claiming that the vehicle was driven by none other than Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself. How cool is that?!