Registration Number Plates

New checks have been introduced to the MOT Test to ensure the registration plate confirms to the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001.

These checks will now confirm the following:

  • The characters and background colour comply with regulations
  • The character font is an a correct type
  • The characters are the correct size as is the size of the margin
  • The plates are fitted vertically
  • The non-reflective border is within the permitted width
  • Finally an unacceptable symbol or flag, such as football team crests or logo, is not displayed.

Also for vehicles registered on or after 1 September 2001 ( i.e 51 plates and later ) the additional checks will also be performed:

  • It displays the BSAU 145d marking
  • It also displays the name and postcode of the registration plate supplier
  • It does not display a honeycomb or similar effect background.