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Captain Railfan

British licence plates

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Captain Railfan

Hello, british plates are too confusin to me, what is the Londons one?

I mean i cant understand the Areas, etc of british plates.

So can someone explain me detaily about the British plates? Srry my english is horrible.

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sivispacem

The structure is:

 

2 letters which are a regional identifier as to where the car was registered. These don't make much sense. My old car was RG, which is Reading. My current car is DA, which is Chester/Dewsbury. The first letter signifies the actual region, the second is the DVLA registration office.

 

Two numbers. The first signifies whether a spring or autumn, these used to be 0 for spring and summer and 5 for autumn and winter but are now 1 and 6 respectively. The second is the year, so currently 8. Years last from March to March (?) so a car registered in Feb 2018 woukd be on a 67 plate.

 

The last three numbers are random.

 

So "AG18 ABC" would be an Anglia registered car (East Midlands or East Coast), registered with a specific DVlA office, from March through August 2018.

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Zyo

That system has only been in place since about 2001, before that there was a prefix sysyen with a lettered yearly identifier, such as A123 BCD, the first A been the year 1983 through to Y999 XYZ being 2001. Your location or office indicator was the last two letters. K123 FSS, for example was Aberdeen, and 1992/93.

 

Previous to that system was a suffix system of the ranges ABC123A = 1963, through to ABC999Y = 1983.

 

Before that were three letter codes ABC 1, MOS 399 ect. These are mostly seen as private plates there days, which also brings us on to that subject. Anyone can buy any letter or number combination that was previously issued. You can't make up words or letter/number combos like in California/New York, but you can make words out of existing formats, MUS1C for example or E36 BMW. Only rule being your vehicle must be newer than the year of issue of the purchased plate. You cant put a 2015 plate on a 2007 vehicle, idea being not allowed to make it look newer than it is.

 

Simples.

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uNi

Apparently mine was registered in Worcester's DVLA, that's quite a trip.

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Mark

Apparently mine was registered in Worcester's DVLA, that's quite a trip.

Mines reading but I know it was originally under NI plates.

 

DVLA can find it easily enough but most garages have a problem with it. Kwikfit actually interrogated me thinking it was on fake plates once.

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Kwikfit

There's ye problem. Can't get sh*tter than a Kwik Fit fitter.

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SouthLand

I have always found British License plates really cool especially because of their font.

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Svip

Two numbers. The first signifies whether a spring or autumn, these used to be 0 for spring and summer and 5 for autumn and winter but are now 1 and 6 respectively.

Actually, that's a confusing way of thinking of it. Here is a simpler way: the two numbers are the year, so 18 for 2018. But when it's autumn or winter, they add 50 to the number, so 18 becomes 68.

 

So in 2020, it's going to be 20/70.

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