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The Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001

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Regulation 1(2)

SCHEDULE 1REGULATIONS REVOKED

Title of RegulationsNumberExtent of revocation
The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 19711971/450Regulations 17 to 22 and Schedules 2 and 3.
The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 19721972/1865Regulation 6.
The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1973S.R. & O. (N.I.) 1973 No. 490Regulations 18 to 23 and Schedule 2 and 3.
The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 19751975/1089The whole instrument.
The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 19761976/2180Regulation 2(6), (8) and (9).
The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 19841984/814The whole instrument.

Regulation 10

SCHEDULE 2REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION PLATES

PART 1VEHICLES REGISTERED AND NEW REGISTRATION PLATES FITTED ON OR AFTER 1ST SEPTEMBER 2001 (MANDATORY SPECIFICATION)

1.  The plate must be made of retroreflecting material which, as regards its construction, colour and other qualities, complies with the requirements of—

(a)the British Standard specification for retroreflecting number plates published on 15 January 1998 under number BS AU 145d(1), or

(b)any other relevant standard or specification recognised for use in an EEA State and which, when in use, offers a performance equivalent to that offered by a plate complying with the British Standard specification,

and which, in either case, is marked with the number (or such other information as is necessary to permit identification) of that standard or specification.

2.  Where the registration mark is displayed on the front of the vehicle, it must have black characters on a white background.

3.  Where the registration mark is displayed on the back of the vehicle, it must have black characters on a yellow background.

PART 2VEHICLES REGISTERED ON OR AFTER 1ST JANUARY 1973 AND BEFORE 1ST SEPTEMBER 2001 (OPTIONAL SPECIFICATION)

1.  The plate must be made of reflex-reflecting material which, as regards its construction, colour and other qualities, complies with the requirements of—

(a)the British Standard Specification for reflex-reflecting number plates, published on 11 September 1972 under the number BS AU 145a(2), or

(b)any other relevant standard or specification recognised for use in an EEA State and which, when in use, offers a performance equivalent to that offered by a plate complying with the British Standard specification,

and which, in either case, is marked with the number (or such other information as is necessary to permit identification) of that standard or specification.

2.  Where the registration mark is displayed on the front of the vehicle, it must have black characters on a white background.

3.  Where the registration mark is displayed on the back of the vehicle, it must have black characters on a yellow background.

PART 3VEHICLES REGISTERED BEFORE 1ST JANUARY 1973 (OPTIONAL SPECIFICATIONS)

ARequirements where the vehicle carries a registration plate which is constructed so that the mark may be illuminated from behind by virtue of the translucency of its characters.

1.  The registration mark must be formed of white translucent characters on a black background on the surface of that plate.

2.  When the registration mark is illuminated during the hours of darkness, the characters on that plate must appear white against a black background.

BRequirements where the vehicle carries a registration plate which is not so constructed.

Either of the following is permitted—

1.  A plate made of reflex-reflecting material complying with the requirements of the British Standard Specification for reflex-reflecting number plates published on 31 October 1967 under the number BS AU 145(3) and which displays black characters on a white background where it is fixed on the front of the vehicle and black characters on a yellow background where it is fixed on the rear of the vehicle.

2.  A plate displaying white, silver or light grey letters and numbers on a black surface having every character indelibly inscribed on the surface or so attached to the surface that it cannot readily be detached from it, which may either—

(a)be made of cast or pressed metal with raised characters, or

(b)consist of a plate to which separate characters are attached, or

(c)consist of a plastic plate having either reverse engraved characters or characters of a foil type, or

(d)consist of an unbroken rectangular area on the surface of the vehicle which is either flat or, if there is no flat area where the mark is required to be displayed, an area which is almost flat.

Regulation 12, 13 and 14

SCHEDULE 3LAYOUT OF REGISTRATION MARKS

PART 1TABLE APERMITTED LAYOUTS FOR REGISTRATION MARKS

(1)(2)
Description of markPermitted layouts

1.  A group consisting of two letters and two numbers followed by a group of 3 letters (for example DE51 ABC).

Diagrams 1a and 1b.

2.  A group consisting of a single letter and not more than 3 numbers followed by a group of 3 letters (for example A123 ABC).

Diagrams 2a, 2b and 2c.

3.  A group of 3 letters followed by a group consisting of not more than 3 numbers and a single letter (for example ABC 123A).

Diagrams 3a, 3b and 3c.

4.  A group of 4 numbers followed by a single letter or a group of 2 letters (for example 1234 AB, 1234 A).

Diagrams 4a and 4b.

5.  A group of not more than 3 numbers followed by a group of not more than 3 letters (for example 123 ABC, 123 AB, 12 A).

Diagrams 5a and 5b.

6.  A group of not more than 3 letters followed by a group of not more than 3 numbers (for example ABC 123, AB 123, A 12).

Diagrams 6a and 6b.

7.  A single letter or group of 2 letters followed by a group of 4 numbers (for example AB 1234, A 1234).

Diagrams 7a and 7b.

8.  A group of 3 letters followed by a group of 4 numbers (for example ABZ 1234, being a form of mark issued only in Northern Ireland).

Diagrams 8a and 8b.

9.  A group of 4 numbers followed by a group of 3 letters (for example 1234 ABZ, being a form of mark issued only in Northern Ireland).

Diagrams 9a and 9b.

PART 2DIAGRAMS SHOWING PERMITTED LAYOUTS

Diagram 1a

Diagram 1b

Diagram 2a

Diagram 2b

Diagram 2c

Diagram 3a

Diagram 3b

Diagram 3c

Diagram 4a

Diagram 4b

Diagram 5a

Diagram 5b

Diagram 6a

Diagram 6b

Diagram 7a

Diagram 7b

Diagram 8a

Diagram 8b

Diagram 9a

Diagram 9b

PART 3TABLE BSTROKE AND CHARACTER WIDTH, SPACING AND MARGINS

(1) Relevant dimensionRelevant character height:
(2) 89 mm.(3) 79 mm.(4) 64 mm.

1.  Character width (all new registration plates from 1.9.01 except replacement of “classic” plates)

50 mm.44 mm.

2.  Character width (other registration plates)

64 mm.57 mm.44 mm.

3.  Stroke width

16 mm.14 mm.10 mm.

4.  Space between two characters within group: general rule

13 mm.11 mm.10 mm.

5.  Horizontal space between groups

38 mm.33 mm.30 mm.

6.  Vertical space between groups

19 mm.19 mm.13 mm.

7.  Minimum margin

13 mm.11 mm.11 mm.

8.  Pressed/embossed plates fixed before 1.9.01 and “classic” plates: space permitted between “I” or “1” and another character

13 to 37 mm.11 to 33 mm.

9.  Pressed/embossed plates fixed before 1.9.01 and “classic” plates: space permitted between characters if both “I” or “1”

13 to 60 mm.11 to 54 mm.

Regulation 15(1)

SCHEDULE 4PRESCRIBED FONT

PART 1FONT DESCRIBED FOR CHARACTERS 79 MILIMETRES IN HEIGHT

PART 2FONT PRESCRIBED FOR CHARACTERS 64 MILIMETRES IN HEIGHT

(1)

Published by the British Standards Institution, 389 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4AL. The ISBN number is 0 580 28985 0. Copies may be obtained by post from BSI Customer Services, Sales Department, at the above address or from a BSI sales outlet.

(2)

Published by the British Standards Institution, 389 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4AL, being the first revision of the standard first published in 1967. The ISBN number is 0 580 07327 0. Copies may be obtained by post from BSI Customer Services, Sales Department, at the above address or from a BSI sales outlet.

(3)

Published by the British Standards Institution, 389 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4AL, the standard having been revised in 1972 to BS AU 145a, as to which see the immediately preceding footnote.

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