Are your number plates up to date?

New cars will drive off the forecourt with a 71 number plate from this September. But there’s also been another change to number plates, as decided by the DVLA. The new standard for number plates …

number plates changes

New cars will drive off the forecourt with a 71 number plate from this September. But there’s also been another change to number plates, as decided by the DVLA.

The new standard for number plates means that they’re made from sturdier materials, holding up to damage and impact. But they’ll also have better reflective technology to show clearer images on ANPR cameras. They’ll also show the name of the supplier, their postcode and have BS145e in the bottom right-hand corner.

Two-tone or 3D effects on the lettering and numbering of the plates will no longer be allowed and the space between characters must be 11mm and between the age identifier and random letters is 33mm.

If vehicle owners don’t comply with these new rules, they face a fine of up to £1,000.