Drivers are warned over number plates

Motorists across Renfrewshire are being warned to be vigilant when purchasing vehicle number plates.

One in 10 drivers face fines of up to £1,000 for driving with number plates that do not conform to DVLA regulations, according to Swinton, the UK’s leading high street car insurance retailer.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition equipment failed to recognise 12 per cent of vehicle number plates in a five-month period due to defective number plates.

This means that up to 12 per cent of vehicles do not comply with DVLA regulations, leaving drivers vulnerable to on-the-spot fines.

With the growing use of automated speed cameras and surveillance equipment, police are being extra vigilant towards number plates which do not conform to strict guidelines issued by the DVLA, which specify the typeface, size, distance between the lettering and colouring of the characters on number plates.

However, an online study by the motor insurance firm discovered 68 per cent of motorists did not know if their number plate conforms to DVLA regulations and a worrying 21 per cent believe their number plates might not conform to correct standards.

Steve Chelton, insurer development manager for Swinton, said: “Many drivers are unaware of the strict guidelines imposed by the DVLA on number plates.

“If you are in any doubt, it is best to take your car to one of the 35,000 businesses registered with the Register of Number Plate Suppliers, which was set up in 2003 to regulate number plates across the country and reduce criminal activity.”

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