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Road Safety Advice

Here at Motor Marks although we deal in the sale and purchase of cherished, personalised and DVLA car registration numbers browse our database we also like to inform our potential customers and road users of the need to be aware of the potential dangers that you can encounter on the roads.

We have therefore compiled a Road Safety Advice for you to familiarise with, even if you already know, it doesn’t help to read up on it again.

Driving Too Close – The 2 second rule.

You should always drive with at least a 2 second time gap between you and the vehicle in front; for example:

On a dry road, choose a point like a lamp post or road sign
When the vehicle in front passes that point, say out loud “Only a fool breaks the 2 second rule”
Check your position in relation to your chosen point as you finish saying this. If you have already passed the point, you are driving too close to the vehicle in front and need to drop back.
In wet weather, double the distance between your vehicle and the one in front by saying “Only a fool breaks the 2 second rule ” twice.

One of the key reasons that drivers lose concentration or become stressed when driving is because they are in a hurry.

Remember COAST 

Concentrate on your driving at all times

Observe all around yyou

Anticipate what might happen next

Space give space at all times, it gives you

Time to plan your driving

Tiredness and Fatigue

It is estimated that drivers who fall asleep at the wheel account for around one fifth of incidents on major roads, to avoid this:

Plan your journey to include a 15 minute break every 2 hours
Don’t start a long trip if you are already tired
Remember the risks if you have to get up unusually early to start a long drive
Try to avoid long trips between midnight and 6am when you are likely to feel sleepy anyway
If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop
The only real cure for tiredness is proper sleep. A caffeine drink and a 20 minute nap are a short-term solution

Mental and physical fatigue through working long hours, lack of rest and/or not eating properly or getting de-hydrated could lead to a lapse in concentration, reduced reaction time and poor decision making over safety critical issues.

Research shows that almost 20% of collisions on major roads are sleep-related
Peak times for collisions are in the early hours and after lunch
About 40% of sleep-related incidents involve commercial vehicles
Men under 30 have the highest risk of falling asleep at the wheel

 

Emergency Vehicles

By following a few simple steps, you can help the emergency services get to the scene faster and safer:

When you hear sirens, don’t panic and stay alert
When you see blue flashing lights scan the road looking for a place that will allow the emergency vehicle safe passage. You should use your indicators or hand signals to let other drivers and the emergency vehicle driver know your intent to pull over
Don’t slam on your brakes or stop abruptly blocking the road or a junction
Do not mount the pavement causing a danger to other road users
Wait for the emergency vehicle to pass and watch for more than one. Check to make sure the way is clear and signal before moving back into traffic
Never follow or try to outrun the emergency vehicle. If you do, you will most likely be breaking the speed limit and could also face charges of careless or dangerous driving
Never try to overtake a moving emergency vehicle displaying the flashing lights unless directed to do so by a police officer or emergency personnel

 

When will I be safe to drive?

Do you know what the actual limits are when it comes to having a drink and then driving?

Bottled Lager. Drink five bottles and you should not frive for at least 11 hours. That’s 11am the morning after if you finish drinking at midnight.
Wine. If you drink a bottle of 15% wine (just three 250ml glasses) – you should not drive for 13 hours – that’s 1pm the next day if you finish drinking at midnight
Pints. Drink four pints of lager and you should not drive for at least 13 hours. That’s 1pm the next day if you finish drinking at midnight.
Spirits. Drink four 70ml doubles and you should not drive for 13 hours. Thats 1pm the next day iof you finish drinking at midnight.
Cans. Drink five super-strength cans and you should not drive for about 21 hours – almost a full day later.

 

Know your speed limits

Check your speedometer regularly
Know the limits – look for signs, especially at junctions
Street lighting means 30mph, until signs say otherwise
Remember, speed limits are a maximum not a target, try using 3rd gear in a 30mph limit to help you stay in the limit
Recognise what makes you speed – keeping up with traffic, overtaking or being tailgated
Concentrate – distracted drivers speed
The minimum penalty for speeding is £100 fine an 3 penalty points added on your licence.

Be aware and stay safe.

AB 1 Number Plate

A former chief constable has bought the first number plate AB 1 issued to the county after a police boss put the number plate up for sale.

The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion faced a backlash from ex-officers after he decided to sell the cherished AB 1 number plate to raise money for police funds.

Mr Campion said the car number plate had not been used for six years for security reasons and said the force was unlikely to use the car number plate on any of its vehicles in the future. His decision however sparked an angry backlash from several former police officers including Alan Matthews who launched a petition against the sale and which attracted 895 supporters.

The AB 1 cherished car registration number was traditionally displayed on the staff cars of the Worcestershires chief constables.

Paul West a former West Mercia Police chief constable has reassured retired officers that the piece of police heritage is safe in his possession.

It has been reported that Mr West purchased the AB 1 Cherished car registration number for £160,000 despite estimates that it was worth between £225,000 and £275,000.

‘I strongly opposed the sale’ he said and once I  knew it was back on the open market we made a decision within the family and we decided we had to buy it.

The former chief constable said he is looking forward to once again driving around in a car which uses the historic car number plate. He also said that he will not sell the cherished number plate during his lifetime and that he will pass it onto his family when he dies.

Remember if you are looking for a cherished or personalised car number plate then search through our millions of number online via our website home page or alternatively contact one of our experienced sales staff on 0116 235 0116.

 

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.

 

 

 

Classic Cars – What £20 million looks like. Buy a cherished number plate

RM Sotheby’s first classic car sale of the year will take place in Paris on February 8th 2017 and below is a list of the beautiful vehicles that are being offered for sale.

The most expensive motor in the sale is expected to achieve in the region of £4.7 million and the whole 10 cars collectively are woth over £19.8 million. Cheap at half the price!

1973 Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona Spider – Estimate: £1.5M-£2M

ferrari 365 daytona spyder

1964 Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype – Estimate: £728K-£850K 

901 red porsche cabriolet

1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 – Estimate: £3.2M-£4.25

1970 Porsche 917 Spyder Prototype – Estimate: £3.9M-£4.7M

Porsche 917 Can-Am Spyder

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti – Estimate: £1.5M-£1.9M

ferrari 275 gtb

1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet – Estimate: £835K-£1.03M

ferrari 250 gt

1954 OSCA MT4 – Estimate: £835K-£1M 

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1989 Ferrari F40 – Estimate: £810K-£900K

ferrari f40

1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet – Estimate: £728K-£850K 

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1988 Porsche 959 Sport – Estimate: £1.3M-£1.7M

porsche 959

What beautiful cars and if they want to put a private or cherished car number plate on then they need look no further.

We at Motor Marks offer a huge range of personalised number plates.

Please contact one of our experienced Sales Staff today on 0116 235 0116 or alternatively browse through our extensive website database.

Number Plate News – Classics on SORN may have to be insured

A new ruling by the European Court of Justice means that Classic Car Owners may have to insure their cars even when they are being stored or repaired off the road.

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The Department for Transport has launched a consultation following a ruling in favour of Damijan Vnuk, a Slovenian man who was injured when knocked off a ladder by a trailer attached to a tractor in a barn. It has set the European legal precedent that vehicles – including Classic Cars currently registered as SORN, Statutory Off Road Notification – need to be insured even when on private land. Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport says he has serious misgivings about the rulings implications.

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Under the current system, classic owners don’t have to insure their car or pay road tax as SORN is registered with the DVLA. Changes to the law in 2013 meant that Historic Vehicles for which owners don’t pay road tax for – must be insured even when they are off the road. But unless the Government changes its interpretation of the Motor Insurance Directive then cars that are off the road and classed as SORN will have to be covered too.

Governments Options

Every vehicle on SORN must always have insurance in place. The Department for Transport believes that this is ‘onerous’ and actually goes beyond what the Vnuk judgement requires.

Any SORN vehicle which is used on private land must have insurance in place. This meets the requirements of the court case, but the government hasn’t stipulated what constitutes ‘use’.

Amending the EU’s Motor Insurance Directive altogether, meaning a vehicle would only need compulsory insurance if its used on land to which the public has access. If a classic on SORN is being used on public land the owner would be committing an offence, as is the case now.

The Department for Transport’s prefferred option, but potentially would require a new Act of Parliament to enact it.

 

Dangerous Drivers who kill could face life sentences

Under new plans that have been put forward by ministers Dangerous Drivers who kill are set to face life sentences.

Dangerous Drivers who cause death by their reckless driving, speeding, street racing or distracted by using a mobile phone could now be treated in a similar way to those who are charged with manslaughter.

These plans also apply to people who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Ministry of Justice wants your views on this proposal on whether the current maximum penalties should be increased.

You can give your views by February 1st 2017 by logging onto:
https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/driving-offences-causing-death-or-serious-injury/

Other proposals include:
creating a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving with a maximum sentence of 3 years
increasing minimum driving bans of those convicted of causing death

In 2015, 122 people were sentenced for causing death by driving with a further 21 convicted of causing death while under the influence. While the UK has one of the best road safety records in the world, deaths and injuries still cause devastation to the victims and their families.

So we wish all you Drivers a very safe Journey not just over the Christmas Festivities but at all times and remember Don’t Drink and Drive or use your mobile phone whilst driving, you can always call or text them back.

Safety First.

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NEC Classic Motor Show

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It is that time of the year when the NEC will hold its annual NEC Classic Motor Show. This year it is being held on 11th to 13th November 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham.

The show is hosted by Lancaster Insurance and this year they will have 2500 classic cars and motorcycles on display covering over one million square feet (about 12 football sized pitches).

Some of the attractions at this years show are

Silverstone Auctions

Meguiar’s Showcase

Wheeler Dealers Live Stage

All-Star Line-Up

Dream Rides

Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership

Star Cars and new for this year Christmas Ideas – ideas for the ‘leaded’ petrolhead

To see the full show guide go to http://www.necclassicmotorshow.com/sneak-peek-show

 

Don’t forget if you own a classic vehicle or motorcycle and would like to purchase your own personalised number plate we at Motor Marks offer a huge selection of Cherished,DVLA and Personalised Number Plates and are happy to help. Please contact us on 0116 235 0116

Classic Cars

Classic Cars have boosted the economy by £5.5 Billion according to figures from the the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs ( FBHVC ). They have said that the Classic Car Industry has grown by almost 28% since 2011 and that ‘our hobby’ regarding classic cars has never been bigger, even though there have been lots of challenges faced by the classic car movement in recent years it is stronger than ever.

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Some Key figures relating to Classic Cars

1,039,950 pre-1985 cars on the road according to DVLA figures

512,499 of these historic vehicles are cars

2444 public members, 10,546 enthusiasts, 356 Traders and 159 Clubs responded to the FBHVC’s Survey.

Total worth of British Classics estimated at £17.8 Billion

53% of pre-1985 historic vehicles in Britain valued at less than £10,000

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So if you are looking for a special cherished or personalised number plate to go on your classic car then look no further. Search our huge database of 100,000’s vehicle number plates or alternatively call us on 0116 235 0116 and speak to one of our experienced Sales Staff.

 

Happy Motoring

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