Number Plates for Cars and Motorcycles in the UK
There are very stringent requirements that apply to the display of registration marks in the UK which have also been subject to change in recent years leading at times to confusion about the legal requirements for the display of registration marks.
Acrylic Number Plates have to conform to the BS AU 145d standard for materials as there are properties for strength, reflectivity and visibility that the number plates must exhibit in order to comply with the regulations.
The most popular material used to achieve the strength and visibility requirements for number plates is an acrylic material which has for some time now replaced the aluminium materials used on pre-1973 vehicles.
Number Plates have to conform dimensionally with the requirements for font size and spacing whilst also complying with number plate dimensional requirements specified by the regulations.
The legal formats available for UK number plates can be viewed via the Premier Plates virtual number plate designer. Our virtual number plate designer displays all legal formats for flags, fonts and borders.
The Euro GB and National Flags are all legal formats and these can be used for travel overseas without the need to add GB stickers to your vehicle.
Regulations have changed in recent times with regard to the use of National Flags and European legislation played a part in determining acceptable formats. Common sense prevailed eventually and national flags were legalised in the UK in 2009.
Our number plates conform to all UK legal requirements for both cars and motorcycles whilst we can also supply import plates for imported vehicles.
Classic Number Plates are for pre-1973 vehicles and these can be ribbed or plain pressed aluminium number plates with silver letters and a black gloss painted background. These number plates can only be displayed on vehicles first registered prior to 1973.
Our ability to supply pressed aluminium number plates on a fastrack supply basis wins us business from vintage car owners across the UK. We also supply the MOD and Morgan Cars with classic plates.
Cherished Number Plates for Vehicles in the UK
When we talk to members of the public we always make clear what our products and services are about and quite often we find ourselves explaining to our customers the differences in terminology used to define a cherished number plate and number plates.
There is quite often a need to make clear that number plates are the physical product we manufacture for displaying the registration mark on a vehicle whereas a cherished number plate is the registration mark to which entitlement is sought and ultimately purchased as part of a service.
Cherished Number Plate is the original term used to describe what is now quite often referred to as a personalised number plate or a private number plate.
The assignment of a cherished number plate to a vehicle involves the transfer of entitlement for a unique mark which allows that mark to be displayed on a vehicle providing the process of transfer complies with the Cherished Transfer Regulations.
Where there is an issue in transferring a personalised number plate to a particular vehicle it is quite often the case that the new registration is making the vehicle appear younger than it is which contravenes the Cherished Transfer Regulations. It is acceptable to make a vehicle appear older than it is by transferring a personalised number plate to a vehicle but not to make a vehicle appear younger than it is.
Because there are so many types of cherished number we are able to guide you in your selection should you have any confusion with regard to the type of registration and the age of your vehicle.