Number Plates

Number Plates – Upcoming changes to legislation from 1st January 2021

Introduction of the new standard for number plates : BS AU 145e

The British Standards Institute publishes the technical standards that all number plates are required to satisfy and this requirement is mandated in law. In March 2018, the BSI published an updated standard for number plates, BS AU 145e. This new standard will improve the durability of new number plates and enhance compatibility with on road enforcement cameras.

The new standard also requires that plates only display single shade black lettering removing the ability to use different shades to produce 3D effects or highlighting.

The agency has not seen any evidence to show that number plates displaying raised plastic, acrylic or perspex lettering (3D/4D plates) are able to meet the requirements of either the current or new the British Standard.

To take effect this new British Standard needs to be incorporated into the regulations and will become mandatory from 1st September 2021 but can be used from 1st January 2021.

This means that as a supplier you: must ensure that the number plates you supply can meet all the requirements of the standard and legislative requirements and should contact your component supplier or manufacturer if you are unsure whether the components they supply for you can meet the standard. It is an offence to supply number plates that cannot meet the standard

Changes to the eligibility for black and silver number plates

It will be specified in law from 1st January 2021 that only vehicles manufactured before 1st January 1980 are eligible to display “black and silver” number plates

As a supplier this means you: can only produce black and silver number plates for those vehicles registered prior to 1st January 1980 that have also been licensed in the historic tax class

Removal of the “EU” symbol

As part of the UK’s exit from the EU, government will remove the ability to fix a new number plate displaying the Euro symbol after the end of the EU exit transition period. Those registration plates fixed to a vehicle before 1st January 2021 will be unaffected.

As a supplier this means you: cannot produce a number plate with an “EU” symbol from 1st January 2021

Green Number Plates

Green Number Plates (GNP) will signify that the vehicle emits zero emissions and will consist of a green flash on the left hand side of a registration number plate. They will be non-mandatory and available to new and existing qualifying vehicles.

Regional emblems and identifiers that are currently permitted can still be displayed on the green flash.

Eligibility

Only vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions (e.g. fully battery electric, or hydrogen fuel cell) can display a green number plate. Hybrids and plug-in hybrids (including range extenders) are not eligible.

This applies to all vehicle types – cars, vans, taxis, motorbikes; and buses, coaches and HGV’s

Design

The regulations state that the green flash must be no less than 40mm in width, and no more than 50mm in width it must be retro-reflective and be matching or of an equivalent green to the Pantone 7481c colour reference

Examples

Christmas Gift – Number Plates

Well Christmas is now only two weeks away and if you are still unsure about what to buy your loved one why not give the gift of a Cherished Number Plate this year. As well as being a gift that is unique to the recipient they are also a great source of investment. Most cherished number plates only go up in value over the years and if you did decide it’s not for you and wanted to sell it you will nearly always get back what you paid for it if you wanted to resell it on a commission basis.

Cherished Number Plates do not have to be expensive either, you can go for the choose your initials Prefix and Current Style Number Plates which start from £250 plus vat and the transfer fee of £80, or you can opt for a cheap bargain number plate that doesn’t necessarily mean anything to you but you just want to change the registration number on your current car, these are from £25.00 plus vat and the £80 transfer fee so £110 all inclusive.

We have a huge database where you can browse through millions of personalised number plates or if you would like to talk to us then call 0116 235 0116 where we can help with your enquiry.

Most of our stock cherished number plates can be transferred the same day using the online DVLA transfer system and subject to meeting the relevant terms and conditions of transfer and if payment is made using BACS, so don’t think you are not going to have enough time to purchase yours between now and Christmas.

So what are you waiting for browse here or give one of our Sales Staff a call on 0116 235 0116.

Christmas and New Year Opening Times for DVLA Swansea including the online transfer facility.

Monday 21 December 8am to 8pm

Tuesday 22 December 8am to 8pm

Wednesday 23rd December 8am to 8pm

Christmas Eve 24 December CLOSED

Christmas Day 25 December CLOSED

Boxing Day 26 December CLOSED

Sunday 27 December CLOSED

Monday 28 December CLOSED

Tuesday 29 December 10am to 4pm

Wednesday 30 December 10am to 4pm

New Year’s Eve 31 December 10am to 4pm

New Year’s Day 1 January 2021 CLOSED

Saturday 2nd January 8am to 4pm

Sunday 3rd January CLOSED

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year 2021 and hope you all stay safe.

Merry Christmas from us all at Motor Marks

Cheap Number Plates

Looking to purchase a number plate and don’t want to spend a fortune then look no further. We at Motor Marks have many discount number plates and bargain number plates with prices starting from as cheap as £25 plus vat, thats £110 on the vehicle.

We offer numbers that will take the age away from your vehicle so that your car can look more distinguished or if you dont like the number plate that comes with the car and want to change it then we may have something to suit you. We also offer the DVLA prefix and current style number plates that start from £250 plus vat and transfer so you can choose your initials without going over budget.

Whatever your requirements we are sure that we will have something to offer you.

Why not look at our cheap number plates page which lists a selection of our bargain number plates. Same day transfers may also be available on most of these cheap number plates subject to terms and conditions and if payment is made by BACS.

Give our Sales Team a call on 0116 235 0116

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DVLA – Classic Car Tax

Owners of tax-exempt cars who have had to pay to keep their classic cars legally on the road during the lockdown will have their money refunded the DVLA has announced this week.

Since the DVLA suspended most of their paperwork enquiries during the lockdown many owners have not been able to register classic vehicles’ to ‘Historic’ vehicle status and have had to pay hundreds of pounds in additional road tax to enable them to drive their cars legally.

The DVLA announced that classic car owners obliged to tax their historic vehicles from April will be refunded each full month of excise duty paid. Refunds will take place 6 weeks after documents have been processed.

Since staff returned to work on 15th June they have been working through the backlog of documentation needed to change the tax class of cars to ‘Historic’ meaning not everyone has been able to take advantage of their cars new found Vehicle Excise Duty exemption (VED). This has meant that some owners of classic vehicles had no choice but to keep their documents back and tax their cars as usual.

So a nice getsure from DVLA for a change.

Don’t forget if you are looking for a cherished number plate for your classic vehicle we have a huge database to search through. As well as offering private number plates we have cheap bargain number plates starting from £110 all inclusive. Whatever your combination and budget we are sure we have something for everyone.

Please contact our Sales Staff on 0116 235 0116

Name Number Plate A-Z

What’s in a Name?

We at Motor Marks have a huge database of over 40 million cherished number plates, comprising dateless, antique, prefix style, current style, suffix, Irish and cheap bargain number plates. We offer a great search facility for you to browse. We have compiled an A-Z showing a very small selection of our name personalised number plates taking one from each, obviously there are many more names and options but we have chosen the private number plate below. They registration numbers shown are all owned by us and are ready for immediate transfer. They are all plus vat and the £80 cherished transfer fee and the prices are shown on the website search facility.

If you would like us to try and find your perfect name number plate then please give our sales staff a call on 0116 235 0116.

Don’t forget these name number plates are just a very small selection we have many more names available please browse our huge database or give us a call, always happy to help.

DVLA Backlog

Most of the country were put into lockdown back in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world. DVLA were just one of the government bodies that closed most of its services as most of their staff were furloughed.

A reduced staff returned to work at DVLA on 12th June after nearly 3 months on lockdown. This closure has meant that many classic car enthusiasts, motor dealers and general members of the public that had sent in paper applications just before the lockdown have been in limbo as nothing has been processed and basically any paperwork has just been lying in the offices at DVLA. Some of the online services which have been crucial for many however have also had problems which have not seen transfers being processed, and mot and car tax exemptions not being able to be declared and sorted online and therefore having to be sent in as postal applications knowing that the backlog could mean further delays in the processing of the applications. A DVLA spokesperson has said that they are processing the applications as quickly as possible but for some people that has also led to them not being able to use their vehicles.

This has also had an effect with number plate transfers. Most applications can be done using the DVLA online facility but for some where they have purchased a cherished number plate and their vehicle is a classic or imported vehicle or there is an issue regarding sorn or car tax then these applications have not been able to be done online and some customers paperwork has been at DVLA for the whole 3 months of lockdown. If you have any queries they are now answering some telephones in some of their departments at DVLA Swansea but it may be worth waiting a few weeks for them to clear the backlog if you have to send in something to them. Remember always take copies of anything you need to send and if you do manage to speak to an advisor then take a reference number to help if you need to make any further corresponding calls.

We at Motor Marks may be able to help with some of your queries so if you need any advice we are happy to try and help.

Father’s Day Number Plates

June 21st 2020 will see Father’s Day once again and this year why not give the gift of a cherished number plate instead of the usual socks or ties or beer. A cherished number plate is not only a personal gift to the person you call DAD but is also a great investment for the future. We have many cherished number plates and have a huge database where you can search over 40 million number plates online.

As well as having quality dateless personalised number plates we offer cheap bargain number plates and discount number plates that start from as little as £25 plus vat and transfer fee of £80 making £110 in total.

We have fun number plates if you want something a little quirky and we have current style and prefix style number plates. Why not give one of our sales staff a call on 0116 235 0116 where they can help you decide. We can supply the number plate on a retention certificate that is valid for up to 10 years or we can arrange the transfer for you so you do not have to anything.

Fathers Day was founded in America. The first celebration was in Spokane Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd who was born in Arkansas. She was inspired by the American Mother’s Day celebrations and wanted to plan a day to honour fathers. Her father was the Civil war Veteran William Jackson Smart who was a single parent who raised his 6 children there. The celebrations in the United Kingdom are thought to have been inspired by this custom.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s, Grandad’s, Brother’s, Uncle’s, Son’s, Nephew’s etc we hope you all have a wonderful day…..

VE DAY 75 YEARS 1945 – 2020

Well this Friday 8th May 2020 will mark 75 years since VE Day. VE Day stands for Victory in Europe Day and is the day we celebrate the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its Armed Forces on Tuesday 8th May 1945.

Germany’s leader Adolph Hitler had committed suicide on 30th April during the Battle of Berlin and Germany’s surrender was authorised by his successor Reichsprasident Karl Donitz. The administration which was headed by Karl Donitz was known as the Flensburg Government and the act of military surrender was first signed on 7th May 1945 at 02.41 in Shaff HQ at Reims and a slightly modified document was signed in Berlin on 8th May 1945. Most countries around the world celebrate the end of World War II on 8th May.

This year should have seen many street parties and gatherings and special commemorations around the world marking the 75th Anniversary, however due to the Covid 19 all these planned events have had to be put on hold until we can all celebrate when this pandemic is over.

We would like to honour this day and pay tribute to everyone that made this day happen.

Part of the Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s VE Day speech as he waved to the crowds from the Ministry of Health balcony on 8th May 1945 was:

“My dear friends, this is your hour. This is not a victory of a party or of any class. It’s a victory of the great British nation as a whole.

Although we will be staying at home this year to celebrate we shall raise a glass to all those that made VE Day happen we are truly honoured.

We have some cherished number plates that we feel mark the occasion

Number Plates – St Georges Day

April 23rd is St Georges Day, what do we know about how it came about? Well Saint George’s Day which is also known as the Feast of Saint George is celebrated by various Christian Churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint which include England and regions of Portugal and Spain (Catalonia and Aragon.

This year St Georges Day 2020 is going to be a strange one and most of us will be at home helping to save lives and protect our fabulous NHS and won’t be celebrating St Georges day like we would normally.

We at Motor Marks have many GEORGE related cherished number plates. You can browse through our huge database of cherished number plates or alternatively why not give us a call on 0116 235 0116.

As well as having various name personalised number plates we also stock cheap bargain number plates from as little as £25 plus vat and transfer fee.

Number Plates 2020

So we are well into 2020 and we all hope that you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year which actually seems like a lifetime ago.

How many of you have broke your New Year resolutions already? All those that were going to get fit, lose weight, give up smoking, give up drinking etc

Well one thing you don’t need to give up on is owning your own cherished car number plate. With prices starting from as little as £116 all inclusive for a cheap bargain number plate you won’t break the bank and you won’t need to take out a loan for it !!

With a searchable database of over 1 million personalised and DVLA private number plates to choose from we are sure that we will have something to suit your requirements.

Give us a call 0116 235 0116 we will be more than happy to help.

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