Number Plates – Auction

Next week see’s another auction of personalised number plates where there will be on offer the chance to purchase 1250 unissued cherished number plates.

We at Motor Marks can bid on your behalf for any of the numbers listed. Please visit our Auction page where you will see list of all the cherished number plates on sale.

Below we have compiled a few of the gimmicky ones.

If you would like Motor Marks to bid for any of the above cherished number plates or any of the personalised number plates in the forthcoming auction please contact one of our sales staff on
0116 235 0116.

You can view our millions of car number plates online via our website home page search

Speeding Fines – New Rules are you Aware?

Back In March 2017 a Trio of new Motoring Laws came in.

The first one was regarding the use of Mobile Phones Behind The Wheel.
Anyone caught using one was immediately fined £200 and given 6 penalty points. The new legislation did not only affect using a mobile phone but also the use of any internet device behind the wheel.

The second was Child Car Seat Regulations.
Cushion booster seats will now be restricted to older children only. The change in the regulation means that any child under 4.1 feet tall and less than 3.5 stone in weight must use a child seat with a back instead of a backless booster cushion, however children must continue to use an appropriate child seat until they are either 4.4 feet tall or 12 years old.
The reason is that backless car seats offer far less protection in the event of a collision, particularly in the event of a side-on crash, and could end up proving fatal to younger or smaller children.
Anyone caught not using an appropriate child seat for their car will be faced with a £100 fine, however it should be noted that the new law only applies to seats which are purchased after March 1st 2017.

The third new Motoring Law was regarding  Speeding Fines.
Under the new rules, which were actually introduced on April 24th 2017, drivers can be charged up to 175% of their weekly wage. There is a cap of £1000 on minor speeding offences or up to £2500 for major ones.
A three band system will determine the severity of an offence and corresponds to different charges.
These charges are calculated on a percentage basis. A minor offence constitutes a Band A charge.

Band A charges are for drivers who exceed the stated speed limit between 1 and 10mph. So, if a driver travels 31mph up to 40mph in a 30mph zone, they can be charged between 25% and 75% of their weekly income.
Drivers who exceed the stated speed limit by 11mph up to 20mph will be charged between 75% and 125% of their weekly wage.
Major offences, which are for speed limit breaches of up to 22mph and above will be charged between 125% and 175% of their weekly wage.
In addition to the above variable fees for speeding offences, motorists could also receive between 3 and 6 penalty points.

 

Number Plates – Royal Ascot

This week sees Royal Ascot. Ascot Racecourse is a British Racecourse located in Ascot, Berkshire which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. The course enjoys close associations with the British Royal Family and is approximately 6 miles from Windsor Castle. The Royal Meeting is held in June and its highlight is The Gold Cup.

Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. The first race ‘Her Majesty’s Plate’ with a purse of 100 guineas was held on 11 August 1711. Seven horses competed, each carrying a weight of 12 stones. This first race comprised three separate four mile heats.

In 1813 Parliament passed an Act to ensure that the grounds would remain a public racecourse. A new grandstand was opened in 1839. A further Act of Parliament of 1913 (Ascot Authority Act 1913 c.lxxxiv) establishing the Ascot Authority which entity manages the racecourse to this day.

From its creation until 1945 the only racing that took place at Ascot was the Royal Meeting, a four day event. Since that date, more fixtures have been introduced to the grounds, notably steeplechase and hurdles in 1965.

 

Every year Royal Ascot is attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family, arriving each day in a horse drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day and the raising of the Queen’s Royal Standard. It is a major event in the British social calendar, and the press coverage of the attendees and what they are wearing often exceeds the actual racing. There are three enclosures attended by guests on Royal Ascot week.

Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making this Europe’s best attended race meeting. The Gold Cup is on Ladies day on the Thursday.

We at Motor Marks have compiled a short list of personalised and cherished number plates that we think are suitable for Royal Ascot and have listed them below.

Don’t forget if you would like your own cherished or private number plate please contact one of our experienced sales staff on 0116 235 0116 and they will be happy to help.
Alternatively go to our home page on the website where you can search through millions of personalised number plates online.

Cherished Number Plates

What is a Cherished Number Plate?

A Cherished Number Plate is a term that is traditionally used to describe a dateless number plate ie without a prefix or suffix letter at either end and therefore generally one that was issued before 1963. Nowadays however a cherished number plate can be any plate where it is significant to the owner and there are various terms that are now used such as personalised number plate and private number plate.

In keeping with the year of the number plate you can also get authentic car number plates made to suit the period of your car.

Cast Plates 1920’s- 1930’s

These are solid cast plates, painted black and the digits are then polished. Cast Aluminium Plates became common in the period of the 1920′ to the 1930’s

Die Pressed Aluminium Plates 1930’s – 1962

Die Pressed Aluminium Plates were introduced in the early 1930’s. 16 gauge polished aluminium is embossed with the registration and then stove enamelled. Embossed borders were an option on standard sizes. Many marques decided to use non-standard sizes such as Rolls Royce and Jaguar and Ferrari.

Gothic Aluminium Plates 1950’s – 1962

Available in painted hand white or hand polished cast aluminium finish. These are 31/2″ digits period correct for vehicles between the 1950’s and early 1960’s

Plastic Digit Plates

Plastic digit plates were first introduced to mimic the cast plates with flat or oval digits which later changed to peaked and then trapezoidal profiled digits. In the mid 1960’s they were replaced with injection moulded plastic.

Mirrorline ‘Hand Engraved Plates’

Reverse engraved acrylic plates were developed in the early 1970’s and feature the registration engraved into the black backing of the plate allowing the backing material of either polished or brushed aluminium to be seen through the clear acrylic.

Post 73′ Number Plates

70’s style number plates using black plastic digits on a white or yellow reflective metal background.

Alternatively you can just go for the standard black lettering on white and yellow plastic which are seen on most everyday cars today.

If you would like us to supply any of the above car number plates for your vehicle or would like to acquire your own Cherished Number Plate please contact one of our Sales Staff on 0116 235 0116.

Classic Cars – T Charge Emissions Surcharge – update

Back in a blog post in July 2016 we told you about the proposed new emissions surcharge for tax exempt classic cars for central London.

As from Autumn 2017 tax exempt classic cars will not have to pay the £10 London Emissions Surcharge otherwise known as  the ‘Toxicity Charge’ or ‘T Charge’, drivers of non-compliant cars will have to find the extra funds – billed Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm from October 23rd 2017. Charging will not take place on Bank Holidays or during the festive period from Christmas Day to New Year’s day,

In a decision which has been welcomed by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) vehicles taxed as ‘historic’ under rolling 40 year Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) will only pay the Congestion Charge which is £11.50 (for cars)  to enter Central London.

Owners of so called ‘modern classics’ will be hit by the Emissions Surcharge. Any car built before 2005 (Euro 4) emissions standard will be liable for the standard Central London Congestion Charge (£11.50 for cars) plus the new T Charge (£10).

To see the full T Charge/Emissions Surcharge Data go to the Transport for London (TfL) website

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/emissions-surcharge?cid=emissions-surcharge

Below is a map showing the The Emissions (T Charge) zone from which £0 VED classics are exempt

 

DVLA – adding missing car marques at last.

The DVLA has caved in to pressure from classic car owners and is starting to add missing car marques on to it’s online database.

If you remember we informed you of this issue back in July 2016 whereby the DVLA website was missing 43 marques on it’s online database.

Research reveals that owners and prospective buyers for previously missing marques such as Alvis, Allard, DeLorean, Crossley and Standard can now finally look up MoT history, tax and insurance data using the DVLA’s online service. And just in time too; as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is urging classic car owners to check MoT details online after admitting that the paper versions are vulnerable to forgery. Most buyers accept paper MoT’s at face value but there are cloned and clocked vehicles so now you can check online so buyers don’t have to be so trusting.

Starting from the beginning of May the online Vehicle Enquiry Service will also be updated so owners will no longer have to look up records.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), however confirmed that the changes to registering classics or making changes to the V5C online have not been made yet. Geoff Lancaster FBHVC communications director explains; What you cannot do is enter a model name which does not have a V55/5 code. If you do not include a model name in a registration form, the DVLA may pull the model and make boxes correctly shown in the paper form into the just the make field in the online database. We think we have persuaded them to stop this. The FBHVC’s recommendation to those making new applications for registrations, particularly in respect of older overseas vehicles which are not likely to have relevant codes, is to not complete the ‘model’ portion of the V55/5.

 

 

 

Cheap Car Number Plates

The cheapest English GB Number Plates on the market. Bargain Plates and Cheap Number Plates from only £25.00 plus vat, yes £25 plus vat and the DVLA  Swansea cherished transfer fee of £80. Some examples of these cheap car number plates are UGW 529R and VEF 341M.

We also have loads of £50.00 plus vat bargain number plates, a few examples are HVG 815L,
JVG 867M, LCL 841A and NMA 975T.

There are too many to list so to see the full range of our cheap bargain number plates visit http://motormarks.co.uk/content/9-cheap-number-plates

If you cannot find something that is suitable for you please call us on 0116 235 0116 and let us help you with your search. We buy and sell DVLA Swansea second hand numbers and have been dealing in cherished number plates since the 1970’s and have been a working business since 1984 so well over 30 years.

Let our team of experienced sales staff help you.Call now on 0116 235 0116.

Number Plates – Easter Fun Number Plates

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Once again Easter will be upon us. This year it is quite late as Good Friday falls on April 14th with Easter Sunday the 16th April. As well as being very religious Easter is also a time when we traditionally send and receive Easter Eggs. It is also a time when you usually see the flowering of daffodils and is also associated with spring lambs and easter bunnies.

Once again we at Motor Marks have devised a list of fun Easter related cherished number plates. This year instead of giving chocolate why not give a cherished number plate. Prices start from as little as £25 so they don’t have to be expensive.

If you would like to speak to one of experienced sales staff please call us now on 0116 235 0116 or alternatively you can browse through our huge database of private and personalised cherished car number plates.

P123 ACH CHERISHED NUMBER PLATE LAM 88B PRIVATE NUMBER PLATE

B16 TUM PERSONAL NUMBER PLATE CHU 88Y NUMBER PLATE

219 HYM CHERISHED NUMBER PLATE BEA 1T PRIVATE NUMBER PLATE

CR10 WNS NUMBER PLATE J6 SUS NUMBER PLATE

EGG 841X NUMBER PLATE PRA 15F NUMBER PLATE

P124 YER NUMBER PLATE EA15 TER NUMBER PLATE

LAM 85P NUMBER PLATE FAT 80Y NUMBER PLATE

All of the above cherished and personalised car number plates are genuine issued registration numbers and are all available to buy from Motor Marks.

For full prices please see our database or alternatively call 0116 235 0116 and speak to one of our sales staff.

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Number Plate News – New Vehicle Tax Rates 1st April 2017

Well there is now less than a month to go until the new system of calculating vehicle tax rates comes into force.
Although most people associate April 1st as being April Fools Day, this is the date that the DVLA introduces the new vehicle tax rates.

This change will not affect everyone as it only applies to brand new cars and some motorhomes that are registered with DVLA on or after 1st April 2017

The rates explained

Vehicle tax for the first year is based on CO2 emissions. After the first year the amount of vehicle tax that needs to be paid depends on the type of vehicle.

£140 a year for petrol or diesel vehicles

£130 a year for alternative fuel vehicles (hybrids, LPG and bioethanol)

£0 a year for vehicles with Zero CO2 emissions

If a vehicle has a list price of more than £40,000 the rate of vehicle tax is based on the CO2’s for the first year.

After the first year the rate depends on the type of vehicle (petrol, diesel, alternative fuel or zero emissions) and an additional rate of £310 a year for the next 5 years.

After those 5 years the vehicle will then be taxed at one of the standard rates of £140, £130, or £0 depending on the vehicle type.

 

Number Plate News – Using your phone whilst Driving – New Law from 1/3/2017

Today marks the first day of March and it also brings in a new law regarding using your mobile phone.
As from today if you are caught using it whilst behind the wheel you will be fined £200 and given 6 penalty points.
If you are a new driver and have had your licence less than 2 years you could also face an immediate ban.

Previously the fixed penalty fine was £30 but in 2007 the fine was raised to £60. It was raised again to £100 in 2013 and this new legislation see’s the fine increased to £200.

The number of penalty points that you received used to be 3 but this new government legislation has increased it to 6 and as new drivers are only given 6 points for the first 2 years, if they are caught using their mobile phones now behind the wheel they will lose their licence as it will be an instant ban.
Previously in some police force areas, motorists could avoid the points by taking a remedial driving course.

The reason behind this new law is because of the numerous fatalities and incidents caused whilst drivers are distracted while using their mobile phones/devices.

The Department of Transport figures show that there were 492 accidents in Britain in 2014 where a driver was distracted or impaired whilst using their mobile phones. In the past 10 years more than 200 people have been killed by drivers distracted by their phones/devices and the mobile phone was a contributory factor in 43 fatal accidents in 2014 alone.

So when you get in your car, as from today programme the Sat Nav put the phone away, remember the call or text can wait and be done when you have stopped driving and have parked up safely.

Stay safe and keep others safe when you are on the road. Is that call or text really worth it?

DON’T DO IT!


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