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After section 27 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (c.22) (registration marks) there shall be inserted—
(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations—
(a)prescribe specifications for registration plates (whether relating to their size, shape, material of manufacture or otherwise),
(b)provide for registration plates to contain or display such information other than registration marks or (as the case may be) special registration marks as may be specified or described in the regulations.
(2)Regulations under subsection (1)(b) may, in particular, prescribe the form and manner in which any such information is to be contained or displayed.
(3)In this section “registration plates” means—
(a)plates or other devices for displaying registration marks and for fixing them on vehicles or trailers in accordance with regulations under section 23(3), or
(b)plates or other devices for displaying special registration marks and for fixing them on vehicles or trailers in accordance with regulations under section 22(2),
and includes plates or other devices which are also for containing or displaying information other than registration marks or (as the case may be) special registration marks (whether or not such information is to be contained or displayed by virtue of regulations under this section).
(4)In this section—
“special registration mark” means a mark indicating the registered number of a vehicle or trailer and assigned to the vehicle or trailer by virtue of regulations under section 22(2), and
“trailer” has the same meaning as in Part 8 of Schedule 1.”
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