Motorists warned of fines as new number plates hit the road this week

    Motorists are being warned to make sure their number plates are road legal ahead of changes this week.

    The DVLA has issued a warning to motorists ahead of number plate changes this week.

    The new '23' registration plates will roll out across the UK from Wednesday 1st March and drivers are now being warned to make sure their own plates are road legal, or they could be hit with a £1,000 fine.

    “Number plates must show your registration number correctly. You cannot rearrange letters or numbers, or alter them so that they’re hard to read," the DVLA warns.

    "You could be fined up to £1,000 and your vehicle will fail its MOT test if you drive with incorrectly displayed number plates."

    The DVLA say all number plates must - 

    • display black characters on a white background (front plate)
    • display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate)
    • not have a background pattern
    • be marked with a British Standard number - this is ‘BS AU 145e’ for plates fitted after 1 September 2021
    • be marked to show who supplied the number plate
    • be made from a reflective material

    Your number plates can:

    • display certain flags, symbols and identifiers
    • display a green flash, if you have a zero-emission vehicle
    • have 3D (raised) characters

    You can find the rules and more information here.

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