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.
More Britons are personalizing their car number plates than ever before, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). In the past year, the Treasury made a record total of £102 million — £15 million more than 2014-2015 from an estimated 335,000 registration plates purchased by drivers in the U.K.
The DVLA started selling personalised number plates in 1990, with just 77,745 purchased between 1995-96 — four times less than today. At present, the DVLA boasts 47 million plates on offer to drivers across the country, which can be bought online or at auctions.
The DVLA says almost 335,000 registrations were sold in the last year – more than four times the figure in the mid-Nineties.
A spokesman for the AA welcomed the news, saying: “It puts a smile on people’s faces and raises money for the exchequer – what’s there to complain about?
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