In 2001 the laws governing the display and supply of replacement number plates had been greatly changed in order to tackle the problems of false dishes and mis-spaced or incomprehensible, indecipherable number plates. False plate designs are a problem to the police as thieves use them although committing offenses so that cctv camera footage is certainly useless and illegible or mis-spaced number plates develop problems meant for speed video cameras and Instant Number Plates Acknowledgement systems used by the DVLA and traffic jam charging systems.
Since the intro of the new legislation Replacement number plate have had to save with the DRIVER AND VEHICLE LICENSING AUTHORITY and need to put their very own name and postcode to each plate manufactured to enable traceability of every number plate. The supplier must inspect a great approved type proof of entitlement and also permitted proof of identity supplied by the customer and keep track of both for being kept available for inspection by the police or trading standards officers. Failing to supply the above mentioned documents towards the supplier will probably be met with a refusal to make up the number plates.
The layout and supplies of number plates are also specified inside the legislation, and must conform to british typical BS AU 145d which governs the reflectivity and sturdiness of the supplies. There is only one font which is legal and characters should be 79mm high and 50mm wide. The gaps among each body must be 11mm except for the gap between two obstructions of digits which should be 33mm. There ought to be a minimum hole at the top, bottom and facets of 11mm.
Europlates will be allowed which has a choice of flags such as Street Georges Combination, Saltire, Union Jack, or Red Monster.
This guidelines at present does not seem to affect suppliers located in N. Ireland although there are plans for doing this to be made law now there as well.