Avoiding a fine for incorrect registration plates

With the end of paper tax discs on 1st October the DVLA will be relying on Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to check vehicles have a current vehicle excise duty, even a NIL value VED for a Historic tax class vehicle. Using ANPR cameras will also give the police the opportunity of spotting other offences such as incorrect registration plates for which there is a potential fine of £1,000. George Wilder highlights how to check your classic MG built on or after 1st January 1973 has the correct plates and avoid a heavy fine. 141013

George saw the recent sale of a 1974 MGBV8GT advertised on the MGV8s for Sale webpage on the V8 website and noted the car appears to be fitted with non reflective number plates. George says the plates illustrated are incorrect for a car of this age when used on the road. Their use could result in a fine as well as being a reason for MOT test failure.

The DVLA issue guidance on registration plates in leaflet INF104 available via the link
INF 104 para 7 states "Number plate design specification: Vehicles manufactured after 1st January 1973 must display number plates made of a reflective material with a white background at the front of the vehicle and a yellow background at the back of the vehicle, and with black letters and numbers. This is followed by technical detail on font and layout of the letters and numbers on the plate. Vehicles made before 1st January 1973 may display traditional 'black and white' number plates, for example, white, silver or grey characters on a black plate.

The MOT Testers' manual is quite clear on number plates too, para 6.3 states "incorrect plates are a reason for an MOT rejection".

The extension of the Vehicle Excise tax in the Budget 2013 and then the introduction of the 40 year rolling exemption announced in the Budget 2014, so eligible vehicles can have their tax status changed from PLG to Historic and a NIL value VED, has not changed the registration plate regulations.

The online reference for the number plate requirements is: https://www.gov.uk/displaying-number-plates/overview

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