Monday 23 September 2019

Everything that you need to know about number plates

When it comes to owning a car, there are plenty of things that you need to know about and understand. One thing that you are likely to just take for granted is number plates. Number plates are released twice a year in the UK; on the 1st of March and the 1st of September.
Currently, new cars that are registered in the UK will have the number 69 as their two age identifiers, however as soon as March 2020 comes around, then the number plate identifier will be number 20.
So, what makes up the number plate?
You now know about the age identifiers that are on number plates; but what about the rest of the number plate?
The first two letters of number plate will tell you where the vehicle was registered. LA-LY relates to London and MA-MY covers Manchester and Merseyside.
The third and the fourth letters of the number plate are the age identifiers as we have already covered. The age identifier for cars that are registered in the March of a year will have the last two digits of the year, whilst those that are registered in September will have the year of registration plus 50. This approach has been the standard since 2001 and it means that you can easily work out the age of a vehicle simply by looking at the number plate.
The last three letters of a number plate are the only ones that are randomly selected, these will be allocated to those dealers who are selling the cars.
It is planned that this current system of creating number plates will run until February 2051. After this, the DVLA will review the process and will probably update the entire number plate registration system.
What about personalised number plates?
There are likely to be some restrictions on a personalised number plate, depending on the age of your vehicle.
When you still have the age identifier on your personalised number plate you are going to need to make sure that the number plate is only place on a vehicle that is the same age or newer. However, if you want to start your number plate with a singular letter, then you need to ensure that you check the old number plate system in order to see if it is suitable for your car.
Number plates have been around as long as there have been cars to buy. In fact, number plates have been a legal requirement on cars since 1904.  However, over the years there have been huge changes made to how they are made up and how they look.
Even if you are thinking about buying a personalised number plate, then you still need to think about how your number plate fits in with the regulations and ensure that you are always the right side of the law.

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