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Expert Warns: Car Owners at Risk of £1,000 Fines for Neglecting Number Plate Cleanliness

A car expert has issued a warning that drivers could face fines of up to £1,000 if they fail to keep their car’s number plate clean and easily readable. According to the law, number plates must always be fully visible and legible as they play a crucial role in identifying vehicles for law enforcement and automatic number plate recognition technology.

The regulations prohibit motorists from rearranging letters, altering them, or changing the spacing on the number plate. Failure to comply with these rules may result in a hefty fine and could even lead to the vehicle failing its MOT test.

Government guidelines state that number plates must accurately display the registration number without any modifications that make it hard to read. Violating this requirement may result in a fine of up to £1,000, and your vehicle will fail its MOT test if driven with incorrectly displayed number plates.

Jon Kirkbright, the sales director at Platehunter, a company specialising in buying and selling private number plates, is urging drivers to ensure their number plates are kept clean and unmarked for easy readability.

Kirkbright advises, “Maintaining a clean car is essential in many ways – just as you wouldn’t drive around with a dirty windscreen or wing mirror, the same rule should apply to your number plate.”

The current vehicle registration number format, introduced in 2001, comprises two letters denoting the region of initial registration, two numbers indicating the date of issue, and three randomly chosen letters. However, private registration plates may deviate from this format and can have as little as one character.

Platehunter, which has been in the industry for 11 years and offers over 56 million personalised number plates for sale, prides itself on being an affordable number plate supplier, with plates available starting from just £39 plus VAT and transfer fee.

Drivers in search of a registration plate are encouraged to explore the Platehunter website. If they don’t find what they’re looking for, the company is ready to help and can request any legal and unreleased number plate from the DVLA for auction.

For those interested in purchasing or selling a private number plate, they can find more information or seek assistance by visiting PlateHunter‘s website or engaging with them on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.


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