Illegal Number Plates Fines Issued By Police
SURREY has the second-highest number of illegal number plates in the country, and the most behind London, according to new research.
A Freedom of Information request to England’s 39 police forces by personalised number plate company Click4reg .co.uk revealed a whopping 5,395 Brits are driving with an illegal number plate.
The Metropolitan Police predictably came out on top, with 812 people fined and/or prosecuted for displaying an illegal plate last year.
However, perhaps more surprising was that Surrey Police came second on the list, with 494 offenders caught in 2015. Neighbouring Hampshire came sixth on the list, with 218 people falling foul of the law.
The DVLA’s strict regulations stipulate not only that the registration must be two letters, two numbers, a space and three further letters, but also that the correct font, character size and spacing must be used.
Anyone in breach of the regulations, or whose number plate is obscured including by dirt or missing, could not only fail their MOT test, but could be fined up to £1,000.
How much similar registration plates have sold for recently and in the past: it is always worth looking at what has been going on in the private registration plate market recently to add extra weight to the valuation of your own number plate. It is a market that is not immune from trends, so keep a close eye on what has been selling well and see if your plate has any similar features
The age of the plate: older plates tend to attract higher prices and dateless number plates (the first ones ever issued) normally call for the highest prices on the market
The plate’s rarity: if a lot of similar registration plates were issued, your plate may be less valuable. So, the relative rarity of older, dateless number plates makes them more valuable, as a whole, than newer, dated plates. Similarly, having a private plate with a word or name spelled out on it gives it a degree of rarity that would raise its value.
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