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Vehicle registration plates of the United Kingdom, Crown dependencies and
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** Vehicle registration plates of the United Kingdom, Crown dependencies
and overseas territories **
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British number plates (1983â2001 numbering system), as observed in
2004 (last character of registration not shown); top plate shows the EU
band, which is not compulsory.
*Vehicle registration plates* are the mandatory number plates used to
display the /registration mark/ of a vehicle, and have existed in the
United Kingdom since 1903. It is compulsory for most motor vehicles used on
public roads to display them.
The Motor Car Act 1903, which came into force on 1 January 1904, required
all motor vehicles to be entered on an official vehicle register, and to
carry number plates. The Act was passed in order that vehicles could be
easily traced in the event of an accident or contravention of the law.
Vehicle registration number plates in the UK are rectangular or square in
shape, with the exact permitted dimensions of the plate and its lettering
set down in law.
Within the UK itself there are two numbering systems: one for Great
Britain, which dates from 2001, and another for Northern Ireland, which is
similar to the original 1904 system. Both systems are administered by the
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea; until July 2014,
Northern Ireland's system was administered by the Driver & Vehicle Agency
(DVA) in Coleraine, which had the same status as the DVLA. Other schemes
relating to the UK are also listed below.
· 1 Colour and dimensions
· 1.1 Motorcycles
· 2 United Kingdom
· 2.1 Great Britain
· 2.1.1 Current system
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