**** UK NUMBER PLATE LAW & FINES ****
It is easy to assume that any number plate is OK, but actually it is not. What you will find if you actually start to look into this is that there are lots of legalities that you must follow to make sure that your number plate does not get you into trouble. Number plates and registration numbers are there for a very specific reason and therefore it makes sense that there are rules behind them to make sure that everything is done correctly.
How Can I Make Sure I am Following The Law?
One of the best things you can do is make sure that you use a reputable company for your number plate needs. It is easy to assume that any company who offers number plate printing is suitable for you and your needs, but this is not true. Instead make sure that you choose a company who are registered with the DVLA properly, so you know you don’t run the risk of your number plate getting you into trouble.
When it comes to the displaying number plates, you are in charge of making sure that your number plate is displayed correctly in accordance to the Road Vehicles
(Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 (obtainable from Her Majesty's Stationery Office).
Under this regulation there are rules set out to make sure that your number plate is displayed as it should be. There are several rules including.
- A number plate should be displayed at both the front and the back of the vehicle
- All lettering on the number plate should be in a black font
- Front number plate should be white and the back number plate should be yellow
- The background service should be reflex-reflecting
There are separate requirements for traditional number plates displayed on vehicles constructed before 1 January 1973 – See Registration Plates History
The lettering and spacing of a number plate must also be to a specific size. There are two rules for this, depending on whether your number plate was fitted before 1st September 2001 or not.
UK Number Plates Law
If your number plate is not displayed correctly then you run the risk of a hefty fine and even having your number plate registration removed. To avoid this you must make sure that you do not alter, rearrange or misrepresent the letters or numbers Characters must not be moved from one group to the other (e.g. A242 ABC must not be displayed as A242A BC).
Offences may result in any or all of the following:
A fine of up to £1,000
The registration mark may be WITHDRAWN
The vehicle may FAIL the MOT test Full details of the requirements are included in The Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001
While all of this can sound confusing and as though you’ll never understand it, the truth is that much of it is down to common sense. Number Plates
are there for a reason and therefore it stands to reason that they need to be well fitted and displayed clearly.
Rather than run the risk of getting this wrong, why not contact a company that knows what they are doing and who are registered correctly with the DVLA. That way you know that they can use their experience and expertise to create you a number plate that is on the right side of the law and isn’t going to get you into trouble.