Car registration: How to prevent number plate theft
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New ‘22’ licence plates will be available from March 1 and aside from changes in material and lettering, the major change features a Union Jack logo which replaces the old ring of stars when the UK was part of the European Union.
All new cars will be registered with the new plate from the first day of next month, which will be “BS AU 145e” standard plates which meet ‘retroreflective’ British Standards.
The plates are made from a tougher material which makes them more resistant to abrasion and other damage and was brought in last September.
Number plates can also now only display solid black lettering as two tone plates that used different shades to create a 3D or 4D effect have been banned.
But it’s the switch of flag design which will now read “UK” that has delighted drivers, and Express.co.uk readers commented to show how pleased they were.
‘Einar’ wrote: “Nice to see those ugly EU logos being phased out.
“It’s staggering to perceive the extent of erosion of Britishness after decades of being EU lackeys.
“Hopefully, we can move forwards and leave it all (no pun intended) in the rear-view mirror.”
‘0101’ concurred, writing: “Doesn’t a Union Jack registration plate look so much better!”
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While the flag change may appease many, changes were also made to make it easier for Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to read the plate.
The new number plates will also have to include the supplier’s business name and postcode, along with the name of the number plate manufacturer and the new standard.
‘EricJackson’ was unhappy with these changes, commenting: … “also have to include the supplier’s business name”
“So, we now have to carry unpaid advertising for the company we bought the vehicle from?”
But it was the logo design which most readers wanted to mention.
‘70Skyfall’ commented with three Union Jack emojis and ‘All the way’.
While ‘Englishman in Europ’ said: “Remember to get uk stickers as gb is no longer valid. You might get a fine from the nasty Europeans. Blame London.”
And ‘Codfellow’ threw in a cheeky dig at Euro counterparts, writing: “Macron’s number plate is UNF OOL.”
‘Tolstoi’ didn’t agree however, writing: “I feel unease at using the GB number plate.
“Only because the GB is Great Britain and that excludes Northern Ireland.
“A better solution is for the U.K. to be used then that also includes Northern Ireland.
“GB gives the impression we have cut NI away from the mainland.”
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