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Car Owners Warned of £1,000 Fines for Neglecting Clean Number Plates, Expert Cautions

Car owners could face hefty fines of up to £1,000 if they fail to keep their vehicle’s number plates clean and easily readable, according to a car expert’s warning.

In accordance with the law, number plates must always be fully visible and easily legible. These plates serve as essential identification markers for law enforcement officers and automated technologies like automatic number plate recognition.

Motorists are strictly prohibited from rearranging letters, altering them, or changing the spacing on the number plates.

Failure to adhere to these rules may result in fines of up to £1,000, and there is also the risk of the vehicle failing its MOT test.

The Government’s guidance explicitly states, “Number plates (also known as licence plates) must show your registration number correctly. You cannot rearrange letters or numbers, or alter them so that they’re hard to read. You could be fined up to £1,000 and your vehicle will fail its MOT test if you drive with incorrectly displayed number plates.”

Jon Kirkbright, the sales director at Platehunter, a specialist in buying and selling private number plates, is urging motorists to ensure their number plates remain free from dirt or markings that may obstruct readability.

Kirkbright emphasises, “Keeping your car clean is important in many ways – you wouldn’t drive around with a dirty windscreen or wing mirror, so ensure the same rule applies to your number plate.”

He adds, “The law states that number plates must be clearly visible at all times. Drivers are not allowed to rearrange the characters or change the spacing to make it look like other words. But it is just as important that the plate is readable at all times. If your number plate is covered in mud or dirt, this may not be possible, and you will run the risk of being hit with a huge fine.”

Introduced in 2001, the current vehicle registration number format consists of:

  • 2 letters (indicating the region in the country where the vehicle was first registered)
  • 2 numbers (indicating the issuance date)
  • 3 letters chosen at random

However, private registration plates may deviate from this format, potentially having as little as 1 character.

Platehunter, with over 11 years of trading experience and more than 56 million personalised number plates for sale, prides itself on being an affordable number plate supplier. They offer plates starting from just £39 plus VAT and transfer fee.

Car owners searching for a specific registration plate are encouraged to browse the Platehunter site. If unable to find the desired plate, customers can reach out to the company with their specifications. Platehunter can also request any legal and previously unreleased number plate from the DVLA for auction.

For further assistance with purchasing or selling a private number plate, interested individuals can visit PlateHunter‘s website. They can also connect and communicate with the company via InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcockhttps://businesslancashire.co.uk/
Sam Allcock is a highly regarded digital entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in online marketing for some of the World’s biggest brands. He has extensive knowledge and experience in SEO and digital marketing. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.
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