Banned 71 Plate Reg Numbers
Every year, before the number plate sequencing is being issued, a crack team of the dirtiest minds that the DVLA has to offer sifts through the possible naughty and dirty combinations, ensuring that they are not available as dealer issue blocks or cherished numbers purchased directly from the DVLA or other plate brokers.
Year on year, plates get banned which "may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste", which is complete BO71 LOX and so unfair!! The normal play on swear words, squint and you might see it and more obvious political takes, such as EU71 BAD, AN71 USA and TA71 BAN with all combinations starting NA71 removed.
This year, any plate which has a connotation or meaning towards the COVID 19 pandemic has been removed from issuable numbers, such as CO71 ONA, CO71 RNA and AN71 VAX.
Along with the banned 71 number plates on the 1st of September, there has been a few slight changes to number plate rules.
Number Plate Changes
The British standard number has changed from BS145d to BS145e, which only affects a few small things.
Number Plate Materials
We've all seen or even had to have plastic number plates replaced due to the backing peeling away from the clear plastic "plate". Once it peels, water and dirt get inside and the digit becomes unreadable and an MOT failure.
Going forward, plates now need to be made of a stronger material and able to withstand hot summers and cold winters without showing signs of age and fading.
Number Plate Digits / Letters
The new British standard, BS145e, states the two-tone black and grey 3D effect is now no longer legal on older plates; all digits must be completely black, allowing them to be read more easily by ANPR (‘Automatic Number Plate Recognition’) Cameras.
The new current craze uses a domed 3D gel digit and the squared-off digit 4D plates. These plate styles stick the digit to the plate backing, which is currently legal as long as the letters are completely black and legible.
Under the new standard, BS145e, when a vehicle is purchased from a dealer or business they must display their name in the bottom - centre of the plate along with their postcode. On the bottom right corner, the British Standard number and plate manufacturer must be displayed.
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