registered vehicles need not be fitted with registration plates.
Check that there is a registration plate both at the front and
the rear of the vehicle, and check each one for condition and
A registration plate;
b. so insecure that it is likely to fall off
c. letter or figure missing or incomplete
d. Faded, dirty, deteriorated or obscured, (for example by a
towbar so that it is likely to be misread or is not easily legible
to a person standing approximately 20 metres to the front/rear
of the vehicle.
must be of equal width along their entire length.
Letters or figures of a particular style, eg 'computer' or 'sloped'
are not to be regarded a reason for rejection unless they are
likely to be misread.
Refer to the diagrams below and check visually that the letters
and figures are correctly formed, spaced and are not obviously
likely to be misread due to, for example badly positioned or
uncovered retaining bolts etc (see information column 'Style
a. letters and figures obviously not correctly spaced
b. a letter or figure not correctly formed or likely to be misread
c. a letter or figure which is obviously not of equal width
along its entire length.
| A Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN or chassis number) is required on
all vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980, except those
-amateur built vehicles
If a VIN Number cannot be found the vehicle presenter should
be advised of the likely location of the VIN and and to thoroughly
search for the number with the aid of the registration document.
If following this action the VIN cannot be found the vehicle
presenter should contact the nearest Vehicle Registration Office.
If more than one different VIN is found the vehicle presenter
should contact the nearest Vehicle Registration Office.
| 3. Check
that the vehicle is permanently displaying a legible Vehicle
Identification Number (this can be either
- on a VIN plate secured to the vehicle, or
- stamped or etched on the vehicle body or chassis)
Note: A guide to the likely location of a VIN is given in appendix
a. a Vehicle Identification Number not permanently displayed
or not legible, or
b. more than one different Vehicle Identification Number displayed
| Layout 1
Letters on one line figures on another.
The gap between letters and figures must be at least double
the gap between adjacent letters or figures.
and figures of equal width along their entire length.
| Note 1:
A year identifying letter is regarded as a figure
Note 2: Vehicles with foreign or diplomatic registrations need
not conform to these layouts.