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Current Requirements on the Display of Number Plates


In Brief



All registration marks including marks purchased through DVLA’s sales scheme must be displayed in accordance with The Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001(obtainable from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office).

Rules for the display of number plates are set out in law, briefly these are: -

NUMBER PLATES FITTED AFTER 1 SEPTEMBER 2001

Number plates fitted after 1 September 2001 must display characters that meet the dimensions shown below.


The character width has been slightly reduced from 57mm to 50mm to accommodate the Euro-symbol on the number plate.

NUMBER PLATES FITTED BEFORE 1 SEPTEMBER 2001



Number plates fitted before 1 September 2001 must display characters that meet the dimensionsshown in one of the two groups below



TRADITIONAL NUMBER PLATES

There are additional arrangements if the vehicle is a motorcycle or tricycle

Display of Vehicle Registration Marks on Imported Vehicles (which have arestricted space for a standard sized number plate)

Certain imported vehicles may be permitted to display number plates with smaller characters if:

Specifications for smaller sized plates (for certain imported vehicles)

MOTORCYCLES AND TRICYCLES



MANDATORY CHARACTER FONT



Since 1 September 2001 all new number plates must display the new mandatory font. Combinedwith the new format registration mark, number plates have become clearer and easier toremember.



Number plates fitted before 1 September 2001 need not be changed provided the character fontused is substantially the same as the one shown above.

Number plates must be replaced if they have been customised with:

THE EURO PLATE



Since 1st September 2001 there has been an optional provision for the display of a Euro-plate forvehicles registered in the UK. The Euro-plate is a number plate that incorporates the symbol of theEuropean Union (a circle of 12 stars on a blue background) with the national identification letters ofthe member states below. This symbol is located on the far left-hand side of the number plate.



Vehicles displaying this symbol no longer have to use the traditional oval shaped national identifier(GB) sticker when travelling within the European Union. All vehicles registered in England,Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have, by international convention, the distinguishing sign GB.

The Government announced on 28 December 2001 the intention to permit the display of nationalflags and symbols on vehicle number plates. When the regulations are amended they will providefor the voluntary display of the Union flag, Scottish Saltire, Cross of St George and Red Dragon.Football team crests etc are not allowed.

THE LAW

The law states that,Offences may result in any or all of the following:

Full details of the requirements are included in The Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks)Regulations 2001

THE BRITISH STANDARD

The British Standard sets out the physical characteristics on the number plate. This includes:

The British Standard also requires that a number plate must be marked with the followinginformation: -

Further information about the British Standards requirements can be obtained at http://www.bsi-global.com/.