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