September number plate changes to make it easier for police to scan plate


    A new standard of number plates will be introduced, replacing ‘BS145d’ that is currently in circulation. They will be replaced with ‘BS145e’ and are set to be made of a sturdier, more resilient material.

    The updated plates will be able to handle more damage, bending, abrasion, impact and thermal change.

    One of the standout purposes of the plates is to have them show up more clearly on number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.

    When the new standards are introduced in September, two tone number plates will not be allowed, instead only solid black digits will be allowed.

    All plates will also have to show the suppliers business name and postcode in the bottom centre of the car registration plate.

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    A further 61 percent said they would be happy to display a green number plate once it was explained to them.

    There are also forecasts predicting a 59 percent rise in registrations of purely electric vehicles in 2021, thus leading to a huge boost in “green flash” number plate registrations after September.

    Auto Trader’s Rory Reid, spoke about the changes coming to green plates and how they will benefit drivers in the future.

    He said: “Since green plates were launched in December 2020 as an easy identifier for zero-emission vehicles, pick up of these has started to grow, albeit slowly.

    “As they are not yet compulsory, not all zero-emissions cars will have them, especially if they were on the roads before 2020.

    “Remember that if you have a fully zero-emissions car – sorry, hybrids aren’t included – then you can apply to the DVLA for a green number plate.

    “And if you’re buying a brand-new electric car ready for the September plate change, then you can ask the dealership to supply one instead of a regular number plate.”

    Despite the optimism, the Auto Trader study also found that one in five drivers said they would not consider buying an EV, showing there’s still plenty of hesitation with electric.

    There have been claims of some drivers ordering the plates for standard petrol or diesel vehicles in the hope of gaining free entry to clean air zones.

    This is illegal, and the DVLA is working with suppliers to close the loophole.

    Some number plate changes have already been made this year, including modifications in January to make vintage number plates permitted only for pre-1980 vehicles.

    Further changes were made in January with the EU flag being removed from new number plates printing following the confirmation of Brexit.

    When choosing a new plate, drivers will no longer have the option to pick an EU flag, rather having a choice of the Union Jack, English, Scottish or Welsh flag.


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