September number plate changes could save drivers hundreds – and add value to your car

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New number plates are issued twice a year, once in March and again in September. A new standard of number plates was introduced at the start of the month, replacing ‘BS145d’ that was in circulation.

They have been replaced with ‘BS145e’ and are made out of a sturdier, more resilient material.

They are able to handle more damage, bending, abrasion, impact and thermal change.

One of the standout purposes of the plates is to have them show up more clearly on number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.

With their introduction, two tone number plates will not be allowed, instead only solid black digits will be allowed.

All plates will also have to show the suppliers business name and postcode in the bottom centre of the car registration plate.

The new rules say plates should only display a single shade of black lettering.

This has removed the ability for drivers to use different shades on their designs to produce 3D effects.

DVLA said the new rule also provides clearer requirements for the sizes of margins and the display of borders on number plates.

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In addition to the physical upgrades, the numbers will also change.

Number plates from the start of the year will take their numbers from the last two digits of the year.

After September, 50 is added to these digits to differentiate when the car was registered.

Therefore, in 2021, cars registered after March will have a 21 plate, and a 71 plate after September.

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