Spring brings not only warmer weather but also a fresh registration for UK number plates

By: Georgina Shaba

Spring brings not only warmer weather but also a fresh registration for UK number plates. As of March 1, 2024, newly registered cars will sport the '24' registration until 1st September 2024, when it switches to '74'. These new plates replace the previous '73' plates introduced in September 2023.

How do UK number plates work

Understanding the UK's number plate system is essential, not just for those eager for the latest plate but also to avoid potential fines for non-compliance with regulations. The system includes two letters indicating the registration region, followed by two numbers representing the registration period, and a set of three randomly generated letters. It is imperative to comply with the standards related to fonts, arrangements, colours, and positioning of number plates, as any inadvertent breaches may incur heavy penalties.

What is a green number plate?

There's the introduction of 'green number plates' for fully electric cars since December 8, 2020. While these plates signify zero tailpipe emissions, they currently offer no special privileges and must be obtained from approved vendors.

What is a private number plate?

Private number plates, also known as personalised or cherished plates, offer drivers the opportunity to customise their plates with specific characters. However, altering the spacing or appearance of these plates is illegal and can result in fines up to £1,000 and plate revocation by the DVLA.

It's important to note that while personalised plates can give a vehicle a vintage appearance, they cannot imply a newer registration year than the vehicle actually holds.

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