2017 Number plate flags rules

A change in the law allowing national flags and symbols to appear on number plates could land drivers in trouble with police if they travel abroad, motoring organisations warned today.

Transport Minister John Spellar said the Union Jack, Cross of St George, Scottish Saltire or Welsh Dragon could appear on registration plates following a DVLA review.

“It is what the people of England, Scotland and Wales have asked for and strengthens their feeling of national identity,” he said.

British drivers could also include the letters ENG, SCO and CYM on plates, he added as he unveiled new-style plates outside the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions in central London.

An overhaul in the car registration system in September said drivers could only carry the EU flag and the letters GB on their number plates.

Scottish and Welsh nationalists complained that many people had already been using national flags and symbols, although they were technically illegal.

But the AA today said that many motorists with a national flag or symbol on their plates would not know that they must still display a separate GB sticker when travelling outside the UK.

It was a “tremendous drawback” that not having regulation EU plates could land motorists in hot water with foreign authorities, according to head of roads and transport policy Paul Watters.

“We are worried that people from Scotland, Wales or England will sail off abroad with their Saltire, dragon or St George’s cross and will fall foul of the law,” he said.

“It just needs one bolshy policeman in some far out place in Spain who doesn’t recognise SCO or CYM, or who is looking to make a name for himself, to cause a lot of problems.”

Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, the campaigning arm of the RAC, welcomed the change, but said it could be a problem abroad.

“I think the Government has shown flexibility in allowing it. There was an outcry by Scottish and Welsh drivers at not being able to show their nationality,” he said.

“But obviously the Government must remind drivers that their national symbols are not as well recognised in Europe and they will need GB stickers as well.”

Mr Spellar dismissed the claims, saying that foreign countries would be unlikely to prosecute drivers whose cars carried the new plates.

“Essentially what they are wanting is a clear way of identifying the country of origin of vehicles, but I do not think they will want to prosecute people who are bringing in a lot of tourist cash,” he added.


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Thieves Steal 56 Number Plates

An average of 56 number plates are stolen every day from vehicles in England and Wales, the RAC has revealed.

But the latest figure of 20,717 reported cases in 2014 was down by 12% from 23,667 in 2010, it added.

Pete Williams, of the RAC, said: “Number plate theft goes hand in hand with other types of crime such as motor vehicle theft.”

The figures were calculated after 34 police forces responded to Freedom of Information requests.

Criminals have been found to fix of the same make and model in a bid to make them appear genuine.

This makes it harder for them to be caught committing offences such as speeding or leaving fuel forecourts without paying.

Although the overall total of thefts in England and Wales has fallen since 2010, seven police forces revealed the problem has worsened.

West Midlands Police experienced the largest rise at 38%, followed by Derbyshire (34%), North Yorkshire (18%) and South Yorkshire (13%).

Warwickshire led the way for forces cutting incidents of stolen plates with an 80% reduction, ahead of Cheshire (55%), Surrey (50%) and Thames Valley Police (46%).

Mr Williams added: “Instances of number plates being stolen are probably symptomatic of a wider issue that police forces are no doubt well aware of.

“Motorists can take steps such as purchasing tamper-resistant number plates or screws, and parking their vehicle in as secure and well-lit location as possible.”

A National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman said: “The levels of vehicle crime, including theft from motor vehicles, have fallen by nearly three quarters since 1997.

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Legal Requirement – Documentation

Its is a DVLA requirement that all legal number plates supplier must verify and see original documentation. No copies or digital images are allowed. This is not our rule but DVLAs instead.

Customers: We dont bend the rules and you will be required to send original documentation as per the law. We inform this everywhere on our website.

Please do not assume otherwise as we are very clear that we follow the law. Any questions please contact RNPS on rnps@dvla.gsi.gov.uk or 0300 123 0797 who will be able to confirm the mentioned information.

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Rules for Number Plates – 3D Font

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We have recently received several calls from customers whose cars or bikes have failed their MOT due to displaying 3D font on their number plates. So, the question we are getting asked everyday is… ‘Is 3D font still legal, and why has my vehicle failed it’s MOT’?

Quite simply, the answer is YES 3D font IS legal!

So why all the confusion?

After a lengthy conversation with a representative from VOSA, who stated that he too has taken many calls from MOT centres, and members of the public regarding this matter. VOSA have admitted it’s all to do with the wording in the MOT manual. At present it states ‘black digits on a white/yellow background’* In small letters under this it is stated ‘some 3D fonts are permissable’. So. it may be that MOT inspectors are not be reading the entire manual, and are stopping at the black digits part.

Due to the confusion in this matter, VOSA have decided to address this problem and have re-written this section for MOT inspectors. The only issue here is, this is not being published to them until 6th June 2010. We have, however, managed to get the new wording from VOSA’s most helpful representative. It states ‘3D font MAY use grey edging OR a chequered carbon fiber effect, these and some other style characters ARE permissible providing font style is adheared to AND when viewed from approx 20 meters the characters appear predominantly black’.

We also sought the advice of VOSA for those customers who take their car for an MOT and it does fail on the basis their plates are displaying 3D font. You do not need to take on the garage alone. Please take the following steps:

Firstly inform the garage they have made a mistake, and the tester is wrong, the plate is perfectly legal.

Secondly, if they disagree, ask them to contact their VOSA representative who will inform them they have made a mistake.

Thirdly, If they are still adamant your vehicle has failed, you can file a VT17 form, which is a Notice of Appeal. Using the VOSA representative’s words ‘once they hear the words VT17, they will soon pick up the phone to call VOSA and check’

We hope this helps to clarify the situation regarding the legality of displaying 3D font on your registration plates.

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Legal Flags and symbols – Travelling to the EU

Flags, symbols and identifiers
Flags and national identifying letters

You can display one of the following flags with identifying letters on the left-hand side of the number plate:

Union Flag
Cross of St George
Cross of St Andrew – also known as the Saltire
Red Dragon of Wales

The letters, or national identifiers, you can have are:

GREAT BRITAIN, Great Britain or GB
UNITED KINGDOM, United Kingdom or UK
CYMRU, Cymru, CYM or Cym
ENGLAND, England, ENG, Eng
SCOTLAND, Scotland, SCO or Sco
WALES or Wales

You’ll still need a GB sticker when travelling in Europe if you display one of these national flags and identifiers.

The flag must be above the identifier. You can’t have the flag or letters on the number plate margin, and neither can be more than 50 millimetres wide.
Euro symbol

If you display the Euro symbol and Great Britain (GB) national identifier on your number plate, then you won’t need a separate GB sticker when travelling within the European Union.

The Euro symbol must:

be a minimum height of 98mm
have a width between 40 and 50mm
have a reflective blue background with 12 reflecting yellow stars at the top
show the member state (GB) in reflecting white or yellow

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John Collins Number Plate

John Collins and his record-breaking number plate

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When the auctioneer’s hammer came down, classic car dealer John Collins was looking at a bill of £518,000.

But it was not a rare Ferrari that he had bought. It was a number plate.

The registration plate “25 O” is the most expensive ever bought at a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) auction.

Even so, Mr Collins, who owns classic Ferrari dealer Talacrest, says he would have bid more at the auction for the plate which matches the 250 model.

“It was a question of holding one’s nerve until the very end,” he says, glancing at the plate on the vehicle which itself has an estimated value of millions of pounds.

“I’m glad it stopped where it stopped – £520,000. You could buy a couple of nice cars with that.

“I hate to say it but it could have been the first £1m number plate. I’m glad it wasn’t, but I hope one day it will be.”

He is not the only motor enthusiast buying a personalised plate as an investment, according to brokers. Despite sometimes being seen as a tacky accessory for the rich and famous, the popularity and value of some plates have been rising.

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The 250 C registration, which had a reserve of £2,900, sold for £21,500
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A number plate linked to one of the most expensive cars in the world has failed to approach a record price.

Registration “250 C” was expected to appeal to owners of Ferrari’s 250 GT California Spyder and had been tipped to sell for more than £500,000.

However, the hammer fell with bidding at £21,500 during the DVLA auction in Nottingham.

The existing record was set in November, when a Ferrari dealer bought “25 O” for £518,000.

While the hammer price was for the plate was £21,500, fees and other charges brought the total to £27,944.

The link to Ferrari’s car was expected to be enough to attract some wealthy buyers to the “250 C” registration.

DJ Chris Evans paid more than £5m in 2008 for his Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, once owned by Hollywood actor James Coburn.

A replica Spyder with the registration “NRVOUS” was famously destroyed by Matthew Broderick’s character in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Of
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