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DVLA Ban Carbon and 3D Shaded Plates

What are Legal Registration Plates? DVLA have now banned “Carbon” look and 3D shaded lettering from new number plates. I assume some ANPR systems are missing registering the letters. Presumably cars with these plates will now fail their MOT next time round just like the people with mis spaced lettering on plates.

Drivers with non-compliant number plates risk failing their vehicle’s MOT and can be fined up to £1,000 by the police?!

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  • It is a legal requirement for UK number plates to display the manufacturer’s name and post code on the plate’s footer.
  • It is a legal requirement for UK number plates to display a small British Standard code on the bottom of the plate (BS AU145d) and for the plate to adhere to the standard’s specifications.
  • It is a legal requirement for UK number plates to display the vehicle registration in a black “Charles Wright” typeface.
  • It is a legal requirement for UK number plates to only have one space in the registration at the correct position as printed in the vehicle’s DVLA paperwork.
  • It is a legal requirement for UK number plates to, if printed on the plate, show only one of several permitted side badges.

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Green Number Plates Go Live

These new plates can be fitted to new or existing zero-emission vehicles from 8 December 2020. This has been confirmed by the Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

The front and rear number plates will carry a green strip on the left-hand side to make it easier to identify 100 percent zero-emission vehicles. This should assist local authorities when rolling out zero-emission zones and free parking for electric cars.

The government and DVLA first floated the idea in 2018, following similar schemes in Norway, Canada and China. The aim is to encourage the uptake of cleaner vehicles, as the country prepares for the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “A green recovery is key to helping us achieve our net zero carbon commitments while also promoting economic growth.

“Green number plates could unlock a number of incentives for drivers and increase awareness of cleaner vehicles on our roads, showing people that a greener transport future is within our grasp. Green Number Plates Go Live

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Government Crack Down On Illegal Number Plates

The Government and DVLA is set to launch a crackdown on dodgy number plates after a surveillance expert warned that criminal gangs are exploiting a “lawless” market to clone vehicles and avoid police detection.

The Home Office has said that it is looking into the issue of fake plates being issued by shady overseas firms after surveillance camera commissioner Tony Porter said innocent motorists were suffering due to the ungoverned “wild west” environment around number plates.

Mr Porter, a former police chief, has submitted a report to the Home Office warning that there are up to 40,000 outlets selling number plates, many of which boast about not requiring proof of car ownership.

Companies issuing new registration plates in the UK are legally required to check ownership documents to confirm a customer has a right to use the registration mark. However, companies based overseas are exempt from this law and offer “show plates” without requiring any proof of ownership.

Cloned number plates are often used by criminals to disguise a car’s true identity, either to hide the fact it is stolen or to avoid paying traffic fines generated by camera systems. Their actions can result in innocent motorists being chased for offences they didn’t commit or unwittingly buying a stolen vehicle. The government crack down on illegal number plates.

There were 6,734 reports of cloned plates in 2018-19 but Mr Porter told the Telegraph that this was the “tip of the iceberg”. He warned that with the growing use of automatic number plate recognition cameras to enforce fines and low-emissions zone charges the use of cloning to hide a car’s true identity would only increase.

He said: “We have to look at what motivates people to clone a vehicle. It could be serious and organised crime. Penalty charges for low emission zones of £12.50 may prompt people to consider cloning or defacing their plates, which are the ‘fingerprints’ of the ANPR technology.

“We need a much stricter regime with tougher sanctions for deploying licences that are not fit for purpose, certification to demonstrate they are fit for purpose much like what happens across the rest of Europe.”

Currently drivers caught using a cloned plate only face a fine of £100 while firms selling them from outwith the UK can dodge the potential £5,000 fine issued to UK companies.

A Home Office spokesman told the Telegraph: “The cloning and defacing of number plates affects road safety and provides cover for criminals and we are working with the police to bear down on these crimes. We welcome this report and are carefully considering its recommendations.” The government crack down on illegal number plates.

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What Is The Most Popular Reg Plate

Number plates can be secure for as little as £150 while rare and highly sought after designs can be valued in the hundreds of thousands. New research  has revealed that “BOSS” is the most popular term to have on a personalised plate with 28,427 motorists searching last year alone. Over a four year period, a staggering 80,256 drivers had enquired about a number plate including the word “BOSS”.

A previous survey from the DVLA revealed that just six percent of road users would buy a plate for their business.

However, the fresh analysis shows that more businessmen may now be searching for the designs as a way to stand out on the roads.

The research highlighted that “Boy” was the second most popular number plate design.

Over 10,000 road users searched for the simple phrase as car brands “BMW” and “Jag” recorded over 8,000 and 7,500 searches each to become the third and fourth most popular designs.

“Dad” was the fifth-highest with 7,129 searches over the past year while football fans took over the sixth spot.

Premier League champions Liverpool were popular among road users with over 5,600 searches for “LFC” designs.

James Bond abbreviation “007” was the ninth most popular design among road users with over 2,600 searches.

Other unique designs included “XXX” with over 2,000s searches and “KFC” with a total of 1,593 road users showing some interest.

In a shocking revelation, over 1,300 drivers had enquired about a coronavirus design number plate to mark the pandemic.

Newcastle was revealed as the most popular area in the UK for drivers searching for personalised designs.

Nottingham was the second most popular region for unique designs with over 4,900 searches per 100,000 vehicles.

Manchester residents were also found to embrace unique designs with almost 3,500 searches per 100,000 owners over the past four years. What is the most popular reg plate

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