Number plate rules coming into effect today affect new and old cars

Two new license plate changes come into effect from today (March 1) that motorists should be aware of.

The changes affect thousands of old cars already on the road and newly purchased vehicles.

They are designed to improve both the durability and readability of license plates currently in use, with new vehicles required to have tougher and more durable plates to help resist abrasion and damage.

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The new license plates for cars and vans will also be made from a new material, which is supposed to be stronger.

License plates can now only display solid black letters, as two-tone plates that used different shades to create a 3D or 4D effect have been banned.

This will make it easier for automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to read the plate, according to travel and traffic experts, reports Birmingham Live.

Car registration plates change twice a year, on March 1 and September 1, for newly manufactured vehicles. These changes are being made to reflect the new year.

From today, new cars registered until August 31 will carry the label “22” on their license plate. Then from September 1, all new cars will be registered at “72”.

This will be the case until March 2023, when new license plates “23” will come into effect, followed by “73” in September 2023, and so on.

At present, new cars in the UK are registered with the label ’71’ on their number plate to represent the last registration change in September 2021.

James Fairclough, CEO of AA Financial Services, commented on the automotive market in 2022.

He said: “The promise of new demand for cars in 2022 is good news, after a difficult year for the automotive industry.

“The impact of Covid and the global shortage of semiconductors has seriously impacted new car registrations this year, driving up demand for used cars.

“Previous AA research has suggested that some used car values ​​have increased by as much as 57%.

“What we expect to see in 2022 is the used market benefiting from the upsurge in demand for cars.

“We also believe that the way people pay for their cars will change and become more diverse.

“The economic uncertainty of Covid and the transition to electric cars will continue to sway drivers until the traditional notion of paying top dollar for a car and keeping it for as long as possible is something for the books. of history.”

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