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DVLA Survey: Is Registration Plate Supply System Fit For Purpose?

DVLA Survey Seeks Views Of Motorists & Registration Plate Suppliers

A DVLA survey could reveal whether the system for supplying registration plates is “fit for purpose” and “safeguarding the interests of the public”. Registration plate rules ensure that – as far as practical – only registered suppliers manufacturer plates and their customers have a legal right to display them. The purpose of these rules is to minimise crimes such as vehicle identity theft. The DVLA survey can be completed online in five minutes and has two sections, one for suppliers and one for members of the public. Questions for the former relate to where the supplier obtains the plates' component parts, e.g. directly from manufacturers. The survey also encourages the respondent to suggest changes to the current system. These might make the process simpler and/or more secure. The respondent is also asked how many plates his/her business produces and how long a customer typically waits for delivery. The section of the survey for members of the public has a different focus. Questions relate to where the respondent  most recently bought plates, why that outlet was chosen and what documents the supplier viewed to ensure the customer was entitled to that number, e.g. V5C. Again, the motorist can also suggest how the process of obtaining a vehicle plate could be improved.

DVLA number plate review survey

UK Registration Plate Format Rules

From September 1st 2001, registration plates for new cars – and some older car that require replacement plates – must meet a specific range of criteria. For example, the black lettering must be a standard format/font and not italic. 3D is permitted, however. It must also be a specific size, i.e. height of seventy-nine millimetres. There are spacing requirements too. As such, the characters must be eleven millimetres apart and the spaces between groups of characters must be thirty-three millimetres. Top, bottom and side margins must be at least eleven millimetres. The motorist can also have a flag at the extreme left of the plates such as the Union Flag, the Cross of St. George, the Scottish Saltire or the Red Dragon of Wales. These can be accompanied by letters such as “GB” for Great Britain or “ENG” for England, etc. Alternatively, he/she can have the European symbol accompanied by “GB” for Great Britain. This element – that ensures the vehicle is not required to have a separate GB sticker while travelling through mainland Europe - must also be a specific colour and size, etc. However, the registration plate format requirements are different for cars registered prior to 1973, and for motorbikes/tricycles.