According to a BBC investigation, registered DVLA companies sell car number plates without carrying out the necessary checks.
As a result, there have been instances in which registered owners have been charged or arrested because their cloned plates have been involved in a crime.
To make sure you’re on the right side of the rules, we’ve put together a helpful number plate guide to give you all you need to know about car number plates.
Illegal Number Plates Explained
Number plate suppliers who do not complete the required checks are actually making cloned number plates, which may result in fines or charges for the licenced keeper if the car was involved in the crime.
For example, if this unlawful driver speeds, the registered (and legitimate) driver of the licenced number plate picks up a parking ticket, he will get a nasty surprise in the mail.
According to the BBC, one Surrey driver, Adam Shirley, received 18 letters demanding a total of £ 1,000 in parking ticket fines after another driver with the same vehicle number plate had committed the crime.
How To Make Sure Your Number Plate Is Legal
When purchasing your number plates, you should provide the original documents that:
- Prove your name and address by providing your driving licence, utility bill, bank statement or national identification card.
- Provide the information to show that you are entitled to use a registration number such as a vehicle registration certificate (V5C or V5CNI), a new keeper supplement (V5C/2 or V5C/2NI), a certificate of entitlement or retention document (V778).
A legally registered number plate will always have the British Pattern at the bottom right corner of the number plate (BSAU145d).
Are Gel Number Plates Legal?
Gel number plates are becoming increasingly common among drivers who are looking for ways to get noticed on the road. The letters and numbers on the gel number plate are coated with a polyurethane gel resin that gives them an elevated profile. Melding with your number plate is generally a no-no, but gel number plates are legal if they comply with the requirements of the UK Government.
Number Plate Codes & Location
The UK, number plate system, is a logical framework that gives you all of the details as to where your car was registered or is still registered to if you haven’t purchased your vehicle yet.
The first portion of the number plate is the local memory tag, with the first two letters showing where the vehicle was registered. They ‘re pretty rational, with MA standing for Manchester, for example.
The two numbers are age identifiers, telling you what year the car was registered, with two new registrations per year (for example, June 2019 would be ’19’ and October 2019 would be ’69’). The final three letters are picked at random.
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