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DVLA release new laws on black and white number plates


The DVLA have announced changes concerning information on black and silver number plates which will take effect from 1st January 2021.


The change are being introduced on 1st January 2021 and will affect the ability of vehicles registered in the historic tax class to display the old style pre-1973 black and silver number plates.


Following the changes in definition of a historic vehicle for vehicle tax exemption purposes in 2015, an issue was identified in the regulatory requirements for the valid display of a black and silver number plates. This resulted in an unintended consequence where any vehicle over 40 years old and registered in the historic tax class would be permitted to display an old style black and silver number plate. This was despite the law previously requiring all vehicles first registered after 1 January 1973 to only display the yellow and white number plates with black characters.


As this was never the intention, DVLA have sought to rectify this through a legal correction which has been implemented. The change seeks to prevent any vehicle constructed after 1 January 1980 from the ability to display the black and silver number plate despite being recorded in the DVLA’s historic tax class. Those vehicles with a construction date prior to 1 January 1980 will continue to be able to legally display black and silver number plates to avoid any undue costs of replacement.


Also from 1 January it will no longer be permissible to fix a new number plate displaying a Euro symbol. Number plates already fixed to vehicles are unaffected. DVLA will also be introducing a new British Standard for number plates produced from 1st September 2021 which will mean all current style number plates that are first fixed to a vehicle from that date must meet the technical requirements contained in the standard.

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