Well as of yesterday (27th Apr), VOSA has now re-instated section 6-3 of the MOT manual, that is registration plates. So anyone coming up for MOT, heed the following;
Check that there is a registration plate both at the front and the rear of the vehicle, and check each one for security and condition.
On Vehicles first Registered on or after 1 January 1973, Check
the colour of the characters and background
that the registration plates are fixed vertically, or as close to vertical as is reasonably practical
On vehicles first registered on or after 1 September 2001, check that the registration plates
do not display a honeycomb or similar effect background
check visually that the characters are correctly formed, spaced, and are not obviously likely to be misread due to, for example, badly positioned or uncovered retaining bolts etc.
REASONS FOR REJECTION
1. A registration plate:
a. missing or incorrect
b. so insecure that it is likely to fall off
c. letter or figure missing or incomplete
d. faded, dirty, deteriorated or obscured, (for example by a towbar so that it is likely to be misread or is not easily legible by a person standing approximately 20 metres to the front/rear of the vehicle)
a. A front registration plate does not have black characters on a white background
b. a rear registration plate does not have black characters on a yellow background
c. a registration plate not fixed vertically, or as close to vertical as is reasonably practial.
displaying a honeycomb or similar effect background.
4. A registration plate with
a. characters which are obviously not the correct height, character width, stroke width, not of equal width along their entire length or incorrectly spaced
b. a character not correctly formed, sloping, or
likely to be misread
c. any feature that has the effect of changing the appearance or legibility of any of the characters, so that the
true identity of the vehicle is less
d. characters formed using a font which is not substantially similar to
the prescribed font
e. characters formed using broken or multiple strokes
f. characters laid out in an incorrect format
g. a margin obviously less than the minimum requirement
h. a non-reflective border obviously wider than permitted or positioned
too close to the characters (see page 5).
So, there you go, get them show plates OFF