There are many great reasons for investing in private number plates for your vehicle. Private plates make your car truly unique, can be an excellent investment, hide the age of the vehicle, have numbers you’re unlikely to forget and enable you to express yourself in an individual manner. If you are thinking about purchasing a private number plate, there are things you need to consider so you don’t find yourself wasting your money or breaking the law.

Even if you have seen distinctive number plates with special graphics, oddly-sized characters and interesting fonts, these are not actually legal as they compromise the visibility of number plates. When characters and fonts make number plates unidentifiable it becomes harder to hold people to account or locate them when they have been involved in accidents or criminal activity. Standard fonts and character spacing need to feature on your plates if they are to be legal. You cannot opt for religious symbols, background designs or sports emblems.

Only the font known as ‘Charles Wright 2001’ can be used on number plates. Letters need to be 79mm high and 50mm wide, aside from the number ‘1’ and the letter ‘I’. Each character stroke needs to be 14mm wide. Characters in the same grouping must be 11mm apart and groups 33mm apart. Front plates need to have a white background and black characters. Rear plates also need black characters but a yellow background.

There are some alterations you may be able to make, including 3D effect typefaces and a coloured but non-reflective border. If your car is one of the few still on the road that was made before 1973, you will be able to show the old black plates. There are also national emblems you can show on a blue panel.

You can’t opt for a number plate that might make people think your vehicle is newer than it is, though you can use an older plate on a newer vehicle. If you have any questions, it’s always wise to speak to a specialist so you can avoid finding yourself on the wrong side of the law.

At Autoworld, we can come to your assistance if you require high-quality personalised number plates that will allow you to give that magical personal touch to your car without breaking the law. We have been in the business for more than ten years and are available to provide you with accessories of the highest calibre, for any make of motor vehicle. You are more than welcome to chat to us at any time if you do have any queries about the services that we offer. We can provide a host of services including window tinting, wheel refurbs, interior and exterior car wrapping and much more, whilst also providing you with new car audio installations, parts and maintenance support.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more about our personalised number plates. Simply use the contact form on the site, call 01204 53 43 33 or send an e-mail to caacltd@live.com or info@autoworldonline.co.uk. You can also find us on social media.