For anyone, buying a car is nothing short of a small achievement. Wanting to make it look only comes naturally even if it means only decorating the number plates. Needless to say, there are a number of 3D, 4D number plates, and glitter number plates available in the market in various designs and patterns for enthusiasts looking for something unique for their vehicle.
However, with the new laws by the DVLA getting those fancy number plates is not so easy anymore. The recent changes in the number plates laws have rendered many number plates and registration numbers illegal. While many are upset with this change, many are left wondering what are these laws and who is going to be affected by them? Let’s find out.
But First, What are 4D Number Plates?
Before we start discussing what are the laws surrounding 4D number plates, it is necessary that we understand what are 4D number plates first. 4D number plates are an upgraded version of 3D number plates. However, instead of raised surfaces like 3D plates, 4D number plates are made by laser cutting acrylic letters. The main factor that makes them 4D is that the letters are backed by a different background color giving them a unique appearance.
A variety of finishes can be added to 4D number plates for customization. Many people resort to glitter number plates that make 4D plates even fancier.
Are 4D Number Plates Legal?
As per the new laws, 3D and 4D number plates are deemed legal by the DVLA however, there are certain rules that one has to abide by to make sure that they aren’t stopped and charged by authorities.
What are the New 4D Number Plates Laws?
As per the new changes, 4D number plates are subject to scrutiny and will be allowed, but only if specifications by the DVLA are strictly abided to.
The rules for 4D number plates are as follows:
Front number plates should be black on a white background.
Rear plates must be black on a yellow reflective background.
The height of the characters must be 79mm and the width of characters should be 50mm (excluding ‘1’ or ‘I’).
Space between characters should be at least 7mm. (current standard is 11mm)
The space between groups must be 33mm.
While these are only for four-wheelers, rules for two-wheelers are as mentioned below:
The number plate should only be displayed at the rear and not in the front.
The height of the characters should be 64mm and the width of characters should be 10mm (excluding the characters ‘1’ or ‘I’)
The space provided between the characters should be 10mm.
The space between groups of characters should be 30mm.
Finishes like glitter number plates can also be allowed only if they agree to the specifications mentioned above. The reason for the change in number plate laws is because customizations hinder the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras from picking out the registration plates. To ensure that it is clearly visible by the ANPR cameras, it is mandatory for all vehicles to follow the new list of regulations.
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