MOST of us can tolerate a less than pristine car, but what you may not know is that you can be fined for a dirty license plate.
Drivers driving around with an illegible number plate can face hefty fines.
What is the penalty for a dirty license plate?
Police crack down on drivers who have dirty or covered number plates on their cars.
License plates are important as they tell the owner and the police when and where the vehicle is registered.
Drivers with dirty or difficult to read number plates can face a fine of up to £1,000.
You could be fined £100 outright, but unlucky drivers could get up to a grand.
The fine is intended to act as a deterrent and remind drivers in the UK to regularly check their number plates.
Neil Worth, Road Safety Officer at GEM, told The Express: “While there is no law against a dirty car, the law is very clear when it comes to keeping your number plates clean. You risk a £1,000 fine if you allow it to be covered up.
“A license plate must be legible and must not be dirty.
“This is to ensure that a vehicle can be identified if necessary.
He added: “It makes sense to get in the habit of wiping your license plate regularly – every day if circumstances warrant it.”
There’s also a chance that a dirty license plate puts you at a higher risk of becoming a victim of crime.
Which legal regulations apply to license plates?
All license plates should be made of reflective material.
The front panel should have black writing on a white background.
This differs from the back panel, which should display black characters on a yellow background.
License plates must not have a background pattern.
3D and 4D lettering is legal as long as it does not interfere with reading the license plate.
License plates are important as they inform police officers when and where the vehicle was registered and is scheduled to be registered by ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras.
Is the legislation for motorcycle license plates different?
License plates must be affixed to the rear of the motorcycle.
Persons registered on or after September 1, 2001 may also wear a registration plate on the front, but this is not required.
Two-line number plates are standard for motorcycles registered after September 1, 2001.
It is against the law to put a single line license plate on a motorcycle, regardless of the date of registration.
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