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    One of my work colleagues managed to back into my car the other day, but luckily only cracked my front number plate with his towbar. He was totally honest, and paid for a new plate.
    Everyone was telling me that I'd need my V70 etc to get a new one, but I was surprised to find that I could just go and get a new one online -from these folks.
    Anyone know what the law is? Should you be able to buy plates, or should I have had to prove it was my car?
    Anyone got a silver Signum, and a reg number I can borrow?

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    i think this says it all Phil:

    Important Read: We make Show plates and these plates may be classed as illegal on UK roads, and as such we can only sell them for show and off road use. These plates are meant for showrooms, rallies, parking signs, bedroom doors etc.
    i think if you were to buy strictly legal plates i.e. from halfords or somewhere you would definitely need your V5

    i think by law, the plates need to have a postcode or some sort of reference on them to show where they were actually made, i might be mistaken though.

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    I Bought my last set of private plates from these guys. They arrived a couple of days later everything perfect. Until my brother told me that they are not quite legal as they need to have a number, printed in the botom corner "Real real small" you would never notice it. For the MOT staition to pass them as ok they must have this number. I think the number is the uniqe number of the trader makeing the plate.
    I'M not 100% sure. But i had no problems getting mine past the mot station.

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    I'd be interested to hear the legal point of view on this from one of our resident boys in blue. I tried to get plates made up with no logo, as I didn't want Perrys on there anymore (due to the fact they are useless, robbing, lying b8stards). I was told I HAVE to have some form of logo, like TMC the motorists centre etc - as the law need to see some form of "tracability" I think he said..

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    yup....i think they're right in what they were saying, there has to be something on the plate that makes it possible to trace.

    i suppose it must have something to do with all the car cloning that is going on

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    I've found a link which explains the law in EXTENSIVE detail

    http://www.personallyyours.co.uk/num...mberplates.htm

    The bit about the supplier's postcode is in the last paragraph...

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    DVLA info....

    Documentation required/accepted

    and info (PDF) about the plates. Excerpt below....

    2001 THE BRITISH STANDARD

    The British Standard sets out the physical characteristics on the number plate. This includes:
    • Visibility
    • Strength
    • Reflectivity
    The British Standard also requires that a number plate must be marked with the following information: -
    • The British Standard Number (currently BS AU 145d)
    • The name, trade mark, or other means of identification of the manufacturer or component supplier. (The company who actually make the number plate.)
    • The name and postcode of the supplying outlet. (The 'supplying outlet' is taken to mean a company whose business consists wholly or partly of selling number plates.)
    • A non-reflective border and the Euro-symbol with the national identification letters are optional additions.
    • There shall be no other markings or material contained on the number plate.


    Edit: You beat me to it Vec-trance! My PDF link is the same info as your link.

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    ....and if you want a fun afternoon reading the relevent legislation:

    The Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001
    http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2001/20010561.htm

    Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001
    http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2001/20010003.htm

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    First linky no worky

    Second linky worky - but I'm not that bored to read it all!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    First linky no worky
    Sorry, does now

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