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Updated Car Number Plate Regulations: Avoid a £1,000 Fine and MOT Failure

As a driver, you should always be aware of the regulations that you must follow as a road user. This can be relevant to how you drive, following speed limits, certain customisations you can’t get, and even number plates.

In this blog, we will inform you everything you need to know about updated car number plate regulations: Avoid a £1,000 fine and MOT failure.

Bespoke Plates is a renowned and legally certified registration platemaker and installer, with options of 3D Plates, 4D Plates, Show Plates, regular / Electric Vehicle Plates and more. We are the one-stop shop for all things registration plates!

Whether it’s a Private Plate, Gel Plate, Standard Registration Plate or plating accessories, we have you covered.

As a certified and experienced team of plate fitters and makers, our plates are installed to the specification of UK law, provided alongside the appropriate paperwork you require. (The only exception to this is show plates.)

Who is the UK authority on number plates?

Who is the UK authority on number plates?

The authority in the UK when it comes to number plates is the DVLA, formerly known as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

  • The DVLA are responsible for the issuing of number plates and vehicle registration in the UK.
  • The DVLA holds a national database which contains the relevant information regarding all of their registered vehicles and their number plates. Including if they change to a private plate, amongst other things.
  • The DVLA allows for personalised number plates, within reason. Here are the rules outlining their regulations.

Do fines get paid to the DVLA?

No. Fines related to vehicle offences like number plates do not go directly to the DVLA typically. The DVLA’s responsibilities are to register vehicles and issue number plates. Enforcement of traffic and some vehicle offences are regulated by different entities depending on the fine at hand.

  • Fines for Vehicle Tax, or SORN fines, are handled by the DVLA itself. They can be paid online.
  • Fines regarding issues like invalid number plates, amongst other offences, are usually handled by the local authorities or the police. In these cases, they often have their own systems in place for paying off fines etc.
  • On other occasions, the DVLA may pass your details to debt collection agencies such as CSC Collect, if a vehicle tax, or SORN fine has been unaddressed, for example.

Regardless of where your money goes, it is always best to avoid any situation that can bring fines such as this.

Updated car number plate regulations: Avoid a £1,000 fine and MOT failure

Updated car number plate regulations: Avoid a £1,000 fine and MOT failure

As of the time of writing (April 2024) there are no new regulations that have come into place regarding number plates. With the last updated regulation coming in 2022. Below we will share the latest changes in recent times.

Plate Markings (2022):

Regulations regarding plate markings were updated in 2022. They specified that plates…

  • Must include the supplier’s details, which includes the business name and postcode. Alongside the manufacturer’s name
  • It must adhere to the BS AU 145e standard.
  • Should display the Union Jack and ‘UK’ as opposed to the EU flag and ‘GB’, as a result of Brexit being implemented.

Material and Reflectivity (2021):

As of 2021, plates must…

  • Be made from a tougher material whilst being more reflective. This is to ensure that they are more durable, longer-lasting, and easily identifiable to other road users and ANPR devices.

For a full breakdown of the regulations regarding number plates, click here.

What are the penalties for driving with an illegal number plate?

If your number plate falls outside the aforementioned regulations, you will likely experience penalties. However, this can vary in accordance with the offence. Below are the penalties you can expect…

  • Minor offences, such as an excessively dirty/obscured plate, there are fixed penalty notices, usually of £100. However, this changes in accordance with the situation at hand.
  • For cloned, missing, or directly obscured plates, you may be fined up to £1,000.
  • For first time offenders, they may receive a vehicle defect rectification notice, however, this isn’t always the case. This notice gives you two weeks to fix the issue at hand, and expects certification from an official supplier.
  • Although there are not any penalty points associated with some plating issues, there is always a chance it can occur, this is subject to the severity of the situation at hand.
  • An illegal or unsafe number plate can result in the vehicle failing an MOT test.

Furthermore, the following issues can influence the severity of the penalty:

  • If you are a repeat offender for a similar offence, you may be subject to more severe penalties.
  • In some instances, your plate may be confiscated.
  • Using illegal number plates can affect your insurance, and in some cases void your current agreement.

How can a number plate make you fail your MOT?

MOT’s are undertaken to ensure the safety of yourself and other road users, not to mention pedestrians too. But how does a number plate fit into this?

Number plates, if they are loose, can be a health hazard. However, if they are damaged to the point they can not be read, or are obstructed due to dirt for example, this can also lead to a failed MOT.

This is because an unidentifiable number plate is illegal, and can not be verified as a legally allowed vehicle by ANPRs or other plate recognition technology.

How can you stay within plate regulations?

If you are considering replacing or upgrading your number plate, the best way to stay within all the current number plate regulations is by visiting a certified vendor such as Bespoke Plates.

By using our services, you are not only guaranteed a quality, bespoke plate, but complete guidance to ensure you are aware if your customisations fall outside the legal threshold.

How to order a legal number plate

New 2024 plates explained

Whether it is a private plate or a standard plate, getting your own bespoke custom number plate is relatively simple. In most cases, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home! If you opt to use Bespoke Plates, you can order a custom number plate directly from our website.

Let us walk you through the process of choosing your plate through us.

  1. Head to the Bespoke Plates website
  2. Select the plate style you want under the “Build Your Plate” tab. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
  3. Enter your registration (You can press ‘preview’ to see your registration with all the modification options you have selected.)
  4. When selecting your chosen plate, you can opt for 3D/4D options, a Hex plate, and whether you want a legal plate or a show plate.
  5. Select preferred optional accessories.
  6. Decide if you are collecting with installation, or if you want it to be delivered.
  7. Confirm your order!

Installing through Bespoke Plates ensures the best service & secure installation for your number plate, along with guidance for any questions you may have.

Get a legal number plate upgrade today

In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options and the information you need to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle. We aim to have confidently informed you about updated car number plate regulations: Avoid a £1,000 fine and MOT failure.

We hope that we have provided all the right answers and options for all of your plate modification needs.

Bespoke Plates has all the options you can ask for, as an approved registration vendor we can guarantee your modification abides by the DVLA rules whilst offering same-day collections and full fitting service.

To get in touch and discuss the full fitting service we offer with our plates, you can talk to one of the members of our team by:

Email info@bespoke-plates.co.uk

Phone 0333 006 7878

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