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Car / Bike Related Number Plates

Want a cherished number plate that is relevant to your car or bike make /model. We have compiled a small list of personalised number plates that are relevant to various models/makes of vehicles and that you may find suitable for you.

 FERRARI related Number Plates 

EFX 348C  – VAM 348D – ENH 328H – EFX 355C – MFX 455G – PTU 455B – BVG 458E 

AVG 550D – FEY 308D – EVG 559H – UGW 456R – YGY 460S – ABW 308C- URU 330

DUJ 240T – YEL 410S

PORSCHE related Number Plates

TJA 928R – TJA 930R – NMA 994T – REY 506S – 911 RXE – XGU 928M – A988 WET

JMA 991K – JMA 922K – JMA 992K – JMA 993K – NMA 964T – NMA 953T – NMA 966T

NMA 965T – NMA 997T – BAG 935S – JVG 959M – ABW 998L  – A911 DUX – PO12 SHE

A C COBRA related Number Plates

ACC 994A – ACC 967A – ACC 997A – 8169 AC – ACC 894A – REY 357S – G3 BRA

V8 COB – A15 COB 

DUCATI related Number Plates 

DUT 81C – A907 DUX – A878 DUX – A876 DUX 

AUDI related Number Plates

AUD 145V – AUD 151V – AUD 135V  – TTU 633H

MERCEDES – BENZ related Number Plates

A150 PND – GUI 1 – SLK 51R – MER 6S – GUI 175 – WCL 45S  – MER 222

ROLLS ROYCE related Number Plates 

7354 TU – R9 LER – R6 LER – 1961 RR – ROI 1585 

MORGAN related Number Plates

MOG 735X – MOG 772X  – MOG 9X – MOG 884X

HARLEY DAVIDSON related Number Plates

HAR 19Y – FAT 80Y – BAD 57T – BAD 357T – W55 USA – 6 USA – 59 USA 

W29 USA – 555 HD – FAT 138Y – FAC 80Y  – FAT 730Y 

JAGUAR related Number Plates 

JAG 805S – JAG 163Y – X9 TYP  – J444 CAT  – CAT 13S  – CAT 8K  – 8 CAT 

LAMBORGHINI related Number Plates 

LAM 1B – LA12 MBO – LAM 88B – LAM 85P – AV11 DOR – AV11 ENT – AV11 TDR 

LAM 90S – GA10 RDO – OO09 TOY 

FORD related Number Plates 

AFO 12D – F150 ETH – COR 541R 

JAPANESE car makes related Number Plates 

JAP 5 – JAP 17N – NSX 352A – V6 VRF  – TOY 5 – N25 SAN – MAZ 6277 

MAZ 606  – 8 LEX – N21 SAN  – SUB 4R – SUB 3R – SUB 84R – 32 TOY 

The above number plates are only a small selection of what we have to offer to see our full list of cherished car and bike related number plates please visit our homepage where you can view our huge database of personalised number plates. All the prices for the above number plates are on the database and VAT will be added where applicable and all will be plus the £80 cherished transfer/retention fee. They can be transferred to your vehicle or supplied on a retention certificate which are now valid for up to 10 years.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact one of our experienced sales staff on 0116 235 0116.

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.

Learner Drivers will now be allowed on Motorways from 2018

From 2018 learner drivers will now be allowed to take driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls.

At the moment, you can only have driving lessons on motorways after you have passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers take the lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus Scheme.

Allowing learner drivers the opportunity to take lessons on the motorway from 2018 will help make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

How will the change work

The change will apply to England, Scotland and Wales. Learner Drivers will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor and the car will need to be fitted with dual controls.

Any Motorway lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson. Trainee driving instructors will not be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.

The change will only apply to learner drivers of cars, learner motorcyclists will not be allowed to have motorway lessons.

The changes are being made to allow learner drivers to get a broader driving experience before taking their driving test. To get training on how to join and leave the motorway, overtake and use the lanes correctly. To practise their driving at higher speeds and to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.


DVSA will not be giving driving instructors extra training on providing motorway lessons but learning materials and the car driving syllabus will be updated to incorporate motorway lessons.

DVSA will also work with driving instructor associations and Highways England to provide extra guidance and advice for driving instructors.

The exact date for this in 2018  change will be confirmed nearer the time.

The change will be well publicised so driving instructors and learner drivers are prepared for the change, and other road users know what to expect. The Highway Code rules on Motorways will also be updated.

Until the law is changed it is still ILLEGAL for learner drivers to drive on the motorway.


Stay safe and Happy Motoring.

Also don’t forget if you want a personalised number plate or cherished number plate please browse through our online database of millions of numbers


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.


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

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


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?


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 


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

ferrari f40

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

porsche 911 turbo 1

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 Plates – Donald Trump 45th President

donald trump

Well today 20th January 2017 sees the new President of the United States sworn in. Donald Trump will be inaugurated today and will become the 45th President of the USA.

presidents seal

We know that he has a great fondness for England and we hope that he does good work in office as the new President. We know he also loves his cars and his new State Limousine has been nicknamed the ‘BEAST’.

Just for fun we have compiled a short list of possible number plates that he might like.


8908 DT

H417 CUT




6 UV


DT 9695

All number plates shown are currently available to purchase from Motor Marks and all prices are shown on our website home page

If you would like to purchase a cherished or personalised number plate please contact one of our experienced sales staff on 0116 235 0116 who will be more than happy to help.


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.


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.

sorn leaflet   sorn website DVLA

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:

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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