Green number plates planned for electric cars

Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans.

The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking.

The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target of net zero emissions.

But Friends of the Earth said without better financial incentives and more charging points, little would change.

The government is asking industry and the public for their views on how to implement the scheme.

“As the UK moves at pace towards net zero emissions, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of zero tailpipe emission vehicles on UK roads,” said the Department for Transport (DfT).


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Police number-plate sold for £243,000

A number-plate bearing the first car registration number issued in North Yorkshire has been sold for £243,000.

The AJ1 plate was first used in 1907 by the chief constable of the then North Riding Constabulary, Maj Sir Robert Bowyer.

It has continued to be used by the North Yorkshire force for a century.

The sale was approved by the county’s police, fire and crime commissioner Julia Mulligan in agreement with the current chief constable.

“The historical link of the AJ1 registration is important to North Yorkshire,” she said.

However, she added that the money would “be better spent”, explaining that the cash from the sale would be invested in two separate projects.

The first will be to support work improving the Memorial Garden in the middle of North Yorkshire Police’s headquarters at Alverton Court in Northallerton.

The second project will focus on community road safety, with a new AJ1 fund, Ms Mulligan added.

The plate was first registered on 6 December 1907 and placed on Sir Robert’s single-cylinder Argyll car.

Wilsons Auctions, based in Belfast, said that the plate had attracted a lot of attention, partly because, unusually, it had not passed through a lot of owners.

The auction house said it was not able to disclose the name of the buyer.

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S-P-M @ Automechanika UK 2019

Automechanika is the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sector, and this year’s 2019 event was our busiest and best show yet.

After a successful and enjoyable three days at the show, we are now busy following up all the leads and interest we received from visitors.

We would like to thank customers old and new who visited our stand.

See you in Paris later this year and Frankfurt in 2020

Motorist rejects £10,000,000 offer for ‘world’s most expensive number plate’

THE owner of the ‘world’s most expensive number plate’ has turned down an offer of £10,000,000 for the plate.

BS AU 145e Update

BS AU 145e update

Earlier this year the BSI published a new specification regarding Retroreflecting Number Plates with the intention being to replace BS AU 145d. The DVLA was unable to finalise the details / content in time for its pre-arranged date before Parliament. This situation means that currently there is no change to the legislation and the proposed BS AU 145e has not been implemented.

Rest assured, as and when this new legislation comes into force, S-P-M’s software, systems and materials will be ready and fully compliant and of course we will update you accordingly.

Special ‘Green Plates’ Plan For Ultra Low-Emission Vehicles

A forthcoming consultation will float the idea of recognising low-emission cars and vans by issuing them with special number plates. Low-emission cars may soon sport green-coloured number plates under new government plans to promote clean vehicles.

It’s not yet clear which vehicles would be entitled to show the green plates.

While green number plates will be positive PR for low-emission car makers and early adopters of the technology alike, to be truly effective any such initiative will need to at the same time shame the drivers of the most polluting vehicles; an electric or hydrogen-powered vehicle might sport a green plate, but the biggest gas guzzlers would have theirs branded red. Some French cities have already adopted an emissions-based vignette window sticker scheme using a range of six colours that recognises the fact that it is clumsy to simply brand one class of vehicle as being ‘clean’. 

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Green number plates for clean cars


Driving Licences Revoked Due To Poor Eyesight

Police forces in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands are stopping motorists and immediately revoking their drivers licences if they fail a series of simple tests.

Every motorist must pass the test before being allowed to carry on with their journey. It is suspected that 1000’s of drivers everyday drive on UK roads with poor eyesight.

If the driver is unable to clearly read a number plate from 20 metres away they will be prevented from proceeding.

Are you one of the 28% of drivers who name their cars?

Research by DVLA shows that over a quarter of UK motorists have named their car, with 28% of those surveyed saying that they had given their car a name.

‘Doris’, ‘Dave’, ‘Henry’, ‘Betsy’ and ‘Bumble’ were popular choices, with the largest proportion of those who said they named their car coming from the East Midlands (28%). The smallest proportion came from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (1%, 3% and 6% respectively).

Women were almost twice as likely to give their car a name as men (65% and 35% respectively), with the majority of people who said they name their cars aged between 55 and 64 (41% within this age group said they gave their car a name).

The make, model, colour and ‘general look’ of the car were the common reasons given for the choice of name, with Fords, Vauxhalls, Toyotas, BMWs and Hyundais being the makes of vehicle most frequently given a name.

With 87% saying they had bought a personalised registration to match the name they give to their car, this could explain some of the obscure personalised registrations seen on cars.

DVLA Personalised Registrations sales manager Jody Davies said:

We sold DOR 1S, DAV 3S, HEN 2Y and HER 81E in the past, as well as personalised registrations where the meaning and significance seems much less obvious. It’s no surprise to find that people want to say something about their car in this way – whether the name is something personal to them or a bit of fun that they want to share with others.

Personalised registrations can be sold at auction for varying – and sometimes very large – amounts of money, but online they start from £250 so getting the ideal plate for your car could be less expensive than you may have thought.

In the last financial year 2017 to 2018, the sale of personalised registrations by DVLA raised over £160 million for HM Treasury. With around 50 million personalised registrations for sale on DVLA’s website, motorists can find out if their car’s name is available with just a few clicks.

Notes to editors

The personalised registrations referred to in the text were sold by DVLA at auction as follows:

  • DOR 1S – £6,800 September 1990
  • DAV 3S – £9,100 September 1999
  • HER 81E – £7,000 January 2003
  • HEN 2Y – £6,300 June 2005

The prices quoted above do not include VAT on the ‘hammer price’ listed; the buyer’s premium (+VAT) and DVLA assignment fees.

For the financial year 2017 to 2018, the sale of personalised registrations by DVLA generated £161,902,560 revenue for HM Treasury, including VAT and assignment fees.

Names that appeared more than once were:

  • The Beast
  • Betsy
  • Bertie
  • Bumble
  • Dave
  • Doris
  • Henry
  • Herb / Herbie
  • Landy
  • Sparky

Click here to access DVLA Press release