DVLA number plates shock – Motorists pulled over and fined for this ‘awful’ error

A UK driver was pulled over and fined for having improper number plates on his car. The motorist driving a chrome blue Range Rover SVR was penalised last week for the errors. BCH Road Policing tweeted a picture of the car along with a message about the offence committed. It said: “Good afternoon from RP24. The driver of this vehicle has been reported for his awful number plate and the front one was even worse. Apparently, his dad will pay the fine! 2986/2179”

While the letters and numbers on the number plate are obscured it appears that the driver had blacked out the number plate at the rear.

It can only be assumed that the driver did something similar at the front.

There is a small trend with drivers of premium cars to be reluctant to put a proper number plate on it as it can be perceived as ugly.

However, motorists should change the standard number plate as doing so could see them land a £1,000 fine.

Number plates must adhere to a strict set of criteria to be classed as legal.

It is important for the number to be clear and legible at all times so it can be viewed be police officers or Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras (ANPR), which are used typically at car parks.

Failing to adhere to the rules could see you be fined up to £1,000.

The DVLA states that UK number plates should:

  • Be made from a reflective material
  • Display black characters on a white background (front plate)
  • Display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate)
  • Not have a background pattern

All number plates since 1st September 2001 also must meet the following specifications:

  • Characters must be 79mm tall
  • Characters (except the number 1 or letter I) must be 50mm wide
  • The character stroke (the thickness of the black print) must be 14mm
  • The space between characters must be 11mm
  • The space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 33mm
  • The margins at the top, bottom and side of the plate must be 11mm
  • Vertical space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 19mm

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