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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’

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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


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.


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.

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Jeremy Clarkson Falklands “Joke” BE11 END Number Plate

Clarkson’s Porsche had a second ‘joke’ number plate: He’d already provoked Argentine fury with ‘Falklands’ car

– Number plates spelling out ‘BE11 END’ found in car which sparked anger
– Discovery throws into doubt Clarkson’s claim ‘Falklands’ plate were fluke
– Car dealer who sold car to Top Gear says he has been contacted by show
– Top Gear team forced to flee Argentina last week after anger over plates
– Clarkson has insisted plates’ reference to Falklands War was coincidence

Claims that Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘offensive’ Falklands number plate was a coincidence were crumbling yesterday as it emerged a s

Second ‘joke’ plate was found in the same car.

The controversial Top Gear presenter – along with co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond, and their crew – had to flee Argentina last week after locals were angered by the ‘H982 FKL’ plates, an apparent reference to the 1982 Falklands War.

The BBC insisted they had not even realized the meaning behind the Porsche 928GT’s plates until three days into filming. They were removed when locals complained.

11/02/2015 The Argentinian ambassador to the UK has demanded a public apology from the BBC following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the South American country.

The show’s crew had to leave the country after trouble erupted when it emerged they were using a Porsche with the registration number H982 FKL, seen as a reference to the Falklands conflict of 1982.

Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman has denied the number plate was a “stunt” and Jeremy Clarkson was “shocked” when someone pointed out the link between the number plate and the Falklands War days into filming.

A statement from the embassy said: “Argentine ambassador to the UK Alicia Castro made a formal complaint to the BBC regarding Jeremy Clarkson’s provocative behaviour and offensive remarks towards the government and the Argentine people, following Top Gear’s recent filming in Argentina, calling for the BBC to make a public apology.”

She met the BBC’s director of television, Danny Cohen, at New Broadcasting House in central London yesterday.




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How to use our Number Plate Maker ?

You may want to change or replace your car number plates for several reasons. They may subject to years of wear and tear and hence might have lost their visual appeal, or have been stolen or simply damaged. Regardless of the reason for replacing your number plates, locating your nearest number plate makerDLVA, driving down to the office and then queuing with the necessary documents just to place your order for UK registration plates is collectively a daunting affair.Adding to this, there is always the time missed at work to complete this task and if you just can’t make it to the DLVA during their opening hours, which are 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 5.00pm on the second Wednesday of every month, then you will have to take an inevitable break from driving legally on UK roads. However, our number plate maker makes this task a whole lot easier, convenient and seamless by allowing you to simply order your replacement plates from us online and have them shipped right to your doorstep within a few days.

When you choose to use our number plate maker, you are presented with an easy to use interface from where you enter your details, pay and complete your order. There are five fields to fill out including the type of vehicle you require UK number plates for, your current registration number, rear plate for your trailer if you have one, badge/flag, border and writing style.

Once you’ve entered the details correctly and submitted the order form, you will be presented with an order conformation page, from where you can choose whether you’d like your plates delivered to within the UK, Europe or Worldwide. Of course postal charge will vary depending on the region you select, and are £3.45 for the U.K., £14.85 for worldwide. After you’ve completed your selection, you will be directed to a page where you confirm your order, then you will be directed to a shopping cart type interface where you are expected to peruse your basket contents, billing details and delivery details before proceeding to the payment area. There are several convenient payment options to choose from including Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, and Visa Debit. Once your payment has been recorded as a success, we will craft your specific plates and ship them to your desired address. This entire process should take you no more than 5 minutes provided you have the details handy. So using our number plate maker to order your plates is an effortless and hasslefree process.

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