Guest Post: The Law on Motorcycle Number Plates
It’s no secret that motorcycles contribute heavily to the coolest vehicles on the planet lists. Maybe you’re riding a matt black Harley Davidson Fat Boy, preferably during a hot summer on open roads. Or maybe a Kawasaki Ninja in search of that adrenaline rush that only motorbikes can give to you. There’s a reason that we love these machines. O
Something that can often ruin the aesthetics of a motorbike though is the number plate. Sitting awkwardly on the end of some bikes it just doesn’t fit in with cutting contours of a sports bike or the masculine presence of a big cruiser. That being said, it is vitally important that you don’t alter or hide these all-important plates. You could fall victim to an unwanted fine.
The DVLA state that motorcycles that were registered after 1 September 2001 must only display a number plate at the rear of the bike. Before this date, you can show your registration both at the front and the rear if you really wanted to. If you are not familiar with the requirements of legal motorcycle number plates. There are a few things you may feel are a little extensive, but they are essential.
Here are a few of them:
- Characters must be 64mm tall
- Characters (except the number 1 or letter I) must be 44mm wide
- The character stroke (the thickness of the black print) must be 10mm
- The space between characters must be 10mm
- The space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 30mm
- The margins at the top, bottom and side of the plate must be at least 11mm
erticalspace between the age identifier and the random numbers must be 13mm.
All of these details ensure the number plate conforms to British Standards. Which is the legislation that makes sure people are not buying or supplying number plates
Companies like Number 1 Plates offer bespoke solutions for your number plates. G
How do I legally buy number plates?
In order to stop other people from purchasing number plates that they do not rightfully own (to avoid the likelihood of vehicle cloning). Registered
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