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Private number plates....have you got one and can you answer my question please

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
We are considering getting a private number plate and all we want to do is make a space in between the first two letter (anitials) and the 2 numbers in the middle. Has anyone else done this? and have they ever been fined or cautioned for it?
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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banned#1
You can do it. But you're not allowed to. You do risk being pulled by the po-po if they are having a quiet day!
#2
DanJackson
You can do it. But you're not allowed to. You do risk being pulled by the po-po if they are having a quiet day!


^^^ This
#3
It doesn't matter whether anyone else has or hasn't done it.
It's not allowed.

It will also fail it's MOT etc, etc.
#4
People do this, but it illegal and someone I know got fined £30 for it and was asked to change it.
banned#5
Also, it's a bit common/chavvy
#6
Private plates are for ponses. Especially when they have to be manipulated for anyone to even have a chance to see what it's intended to say, as in this case.
Give us a laugh and tell us the plate and what you want it to read. Please.
#7
I've not done it myself but it's not something that's ignored (mainly down to the increasing use of ANPR), it's going to be dependent on what area you're in and how keen/bored the police are. Although the fine is non-endorseable, it's recently doubled from £30 to £60 plus it's an MOT failure.

John
#8
get stopped twice without having the fault rectified (number plate letter spacing) then dvla can and do revoke the plates, and you then have to pay for a new normal number plus the plates for your car.

Its simply not worth it, even though it would look good.

The size and spacing of number plate characters is specified in the regulations, as follows:

Each character must be 79mm high and 50mm wide (except the number 1 or the letter I). The width of each character stroke must be 14mm. There must be a space of 11mm between characters within the same group, and character groups must be 33mm apart. For the purposes of measurement, each character (again, excepting the number 1 or the letter I), regardless of its shape, is treated as a rectangular block of dimensions 79mm x 50mm

Optionally, number plates may display one of the following national emblems: British Union Flag with “GB”, English Flag (St George Cross) with “ENG”, Scottish Flag (St Andrew Cross) with “SCO”, Welsh Flag (green dragon on green/white field) with “Wales” and “Cymru” or Euro Flag (circle of stars) with “GB”. If the Euro/GB configuration is displayed, then the bearer vehicle need not display a separate “GB” emblem when driving within the EU.

The colours and reflectivity of number plates are also specified in the regulations, and there is a British Standard (BS AU 145d) which describes the physical characteristics of number plates, including: visibility, strength and reflectivity. Front plates must have black characters on a white background, while rear plates must have black characters on a yellow background. The British Standard also requires that a number plate must be marked with the following information: the British Standard Number, the name, trade mark, or other means of identification of the manufacturer or component supplier, the name and postcode of the supplying outlet. A non-reflective border is optional. There may be no other markings or material contained on the number plate.



If anyone wants to read the actual Leglisation (the law) with regard to number plates, then simply look here:

http://www.uk-legislation.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2001/20010561.htm
#9
some people have two sets - one set put on specially for the MoT
you're basically driving around waiting for plod to pull you - worst case scenario, the plate can be confiscated by DVLA for misrepresentation
#10
whatsThePoint
whats a MOT :whistling:


all i know is that when our car gets old enough it will need one.....be a few years yet though thankfully!!
#11
whatsThePoint
whats a MOT :whistling:


what us paupers and none company car drivers have to go through yearly
#12
whatsThePoint
My car is my own and like i said its 10 years old


10 years old yet never had an MOT???
#13
Floravada
10 years old yet never had an MOT???


But you cant get your tax and insurance without an MOT cert
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Floravada
10 years old yet never had an MOT???


He's just trying to be clever as he lives on the Isle of Man..... I remember him doing the same in a thread about speed limits too :roll:
#15
whatsThePoint
:p spoil sport


:-D

Can't remember the exact rules, but is it something like you only have to have a car MOT'd if it's imported from the mainland (and then only once)?
#16
My boss's son was pulled over last month, only the 3rd day he'd had his plate on! Got fines 50 quid and had to report to the local police station to show he had a legal plate fitted !
#17
whatsThePoint
Same here, my car's 10 but unsure if it will ever need a MOT


Wow! You get brighter by the day! :?

Yes, yes I've seen it. Very good.
#18
so many of the older cars on IOM could be potential deathtraps??
#19
J9STL
so many of the older cars on IOM could be potential deathtraps??


Sounds like it. can't believe anyone would just let people drive around in anything without a yearly test for road-worthyness. Unbelievable.
#20
well thanks for all your help on this matter.....will pass it on to OH and he will make his decision based on these posts
#21
whatsThePoint
OP sorry it went a bit off topic, but unless you set out to draw attention to yourself while driving i'd get the plates


lulz.

Anyone can spot them without the driver drawing attention to themselves.

"Oh look, a car wheel spinning, and they have private plates".
#22
whatsThePoint
If i copper see's you spinning the wheels he's likely to mention the plates at the same time
He's not likely to stop you for just a couple of extra big spaces on your plate


Unless you can predict the mindset of every copper in the country you can't claim that. OP, its up to you if you change the spacing but you run the risk of getting pulled over every time you see a copper.
#23
whatsThePoint;8332751
If i copper see's you spinning the wheels he's likely to mention the plates at the same time
He's not likely to stop you for just a couple of extra big spaces on your plate

Actually it is likely as they're cracking down on incorrectly spaced number plates amongst other issues as they can cause ANPR problems plus it's a quick FPN on the spot.

John
#24
whatsThePoint
So you know the mind set of every copper to be able to say i'm wrong :roll:


I didn't say you where wrong, i doubt you'd ever admit it anyway. :roll:
#25
whatsThePoint;8332932
they are forever cracking down on a lot of things, but have you ever seen anything done about anything

Yes, I follow a motoring forum where an increasing number of people are being done for incorrectly spaced number plates, wrong colours, wrong country of issue etc. plus the threat of taking the number plate is something they can and will do by flagging the car with a PNC marker.

John
#26
Not for the most part, no as boy racers tend not be very good at giving legal advice.

John.
banned#27
OP if you are buying, make sure you buy from the DVLA direct if possible

They are normally cheapest

And I have one - totally legit these days. Used to have it spaced wrong, but never got pulled. Used to keep a legit set of plates in the boot just in case!
#28
It's the one that's normally recommended on here for motoring law which is Pepipoo, given the massive increase of speed cameras over the last few years it's very easy to get caught while 'driving normally' to the level that most insurance companies aren't that bothered about 1 or even 2 SP30's in some cases.

At the end of the day it's up to the individual whether they run with mis-spaced registration plates, it's not something that's just ignored by the police. At worst being pulled the first time is a non-endorseable £60 penalty at which point it's probably best to go back to the standard plate and forget about the incorrect spacing.

John
#29
I have a friend who got a £60 fine through their letterbox for having a German number plate style on his BMW (but wasn't an import). Just shows you don't even have to be stopped by police to get a fine for dodgy plates.
#30
http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/forms/~/media/pdf/leaflets/V796.ashx

Offences
It is an offence to alter, rearrange or misrepresent letters or numbers in order to form names or words or in such a way that makes it difficult to read the registration number. Characters must not be moved from one block to the other e.g. AB51 DVL must not be displayed as AB5 1DVL or AB 51DVL. Vehicles with illegally displayed number plates may FAIL the MoT test. The police can also issue fixed penalty fines for illegally displayed number plates. Offenders are liable to a MAXIMUM FINE of £1,000 and in some cases the mark may be withdrawn.
#31
Don't forget, when ( not if ) the police stop you, they will check everything else, so make sure your car, yourself and your documents are 100% fit for the road.:whistling:
#32
Our 'family' number plate is H4 RPA ( harper being the surname ) we were pulled by the filth for having the plate doctored ie no space.. the copper wrote on the ticket under surname ... Harpa ... oh how we larfed :)
#33
arcangel111
Our 'family' number plate is H4 RPA ( harper being the surname ) we were pulled by the filth for having the plate doctored ie no space.. the copper wrote on the ticket under surname ... Harpa ... oh how we larfed :)


Did that get you a get-out reason to not paying the ticket?
#34
arcangel111
Our 'family' number plate is H4 RPA ( harper being the surname ) we were pulled by the filth for having the plate doctored ie no space.. the copper wrote on the ticket under surname ... Harpa ... oh how we larfed :)


So if your name is Harper, what's the relevance of the plate H4 RPA?

Sad. Really.
#35
deek72
So if your name is Harper, what's the relevance of the plate H4 RPA?

Sad. Really.


we bought it when the H reg first came out

the 4 looked like an A and if you read it it sounds like Harper.... don't hate the player.. lmao
#36
flyingflea
Did that get you a get-out reason to not paying the ticket?


no.. lol
banned#37
DanJackson;8332334
Also, it's a bit common/chavvy

only a 'bit'? :w00t:

personal number plates are the pinnacle of chav!
banned#38
steve1221;8332449
My boss's son was pulled over last month, only the 3rd day he'd had his plate on! Got fines 50 quid and had to report to the local police station to show he had a legal plate fitted !

Nice to see :-D:thumbsup:
banned#39
flyingflea
I have a friend who got a £60 fine through their letterbox for having a German number plate style on his BMW (but wasn't an import). Just shows you don't even have to be stopped by police to get a fine for dodgy plates.


I have never understood why people do this and think it's even close to legal!
#40
dcx_badass
Nah, depends its either really chav or looks good, either end of the scale depending on the car, on a normal car you look like a dick, on a decent car it can look quite good.


the last car our plate was on was an MX5 but since my old man died my mum has sold the car and has it now on a pug 206.. still looks alright and not chavvy - as that word didn't exist when we first got it...

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