Could Your Number Plate Fail Your MOT?

When you’re getting ready to take your car for its MOT in Uxbridge, you’ll probably do some basic checks to make sure it doesn’t fail on anything obvious, like a blown headlight bulb or worn tyres. But do you check your number plate?

According to personalised number plate company Regtransfers, 15,000 of us got caught out with registration plate-related offences in the past three years, and one of these mistakes could see you fail your MOT.

Common offences include using the wrong colours on a number plate – they should always have black characters on a white background on the front of your car, and black characters on a yellow background on the back – and having the wrong spacing between the characters.

Putting stickers on your number plate, or having a non-plain background can also land you with a fine, as can using the wrong font.

The research carried out by the company also revealed that BMW drivers are the most likely to get caught with an illegal number plate, with this make of vehicle accounting for 13 per cent of all such offences in the past three years.

The company also warned drivers of the consequences of not sticking to the rules, which include a fine of up to £1,000, losing your personalised registration number, and failing your MOT.

Last year, the Sun newspaper warned drivers that if they put their current vehicle in for its MOT before its current certificate expires and it fails, this will invalidate their existing MOT. According to the publication, drivers have received fines and points on their licenses because they mistakenly believed they could continue to drive their car until the old MOT expired.


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  • Check My Mot
    July 1, 2019, 8:57 am REPLY

    How do I check my MOT for used vehicles? Pls assist me on how to check them.

  • Mot History
    July 15, 2019, 12:57 pm REPLY

    i feel lucky to find the dream car of mine for ford fiesta in the used car market but can someone guide me to get the mot history report of the vehicle?

  • Car Reg Check
    July 22, 2019, 8:07 am REPLY

    I need to shop for for a pre-owned automotive. i’d like some details about mot history and how to check my vehicle registration, the importance of car reg check and get a second user car with none hassles. With it discover the registration details of the to i found my automotive information.

  • Linda Paeleman
    November 6, 2019, 6:16 am REPLY

    This is very informative article. People tend to change plate numbers according to their own wish and will, but this may end up in covering some major issues of the vehicle. It is always fundamental to know a number plate check, to uncover the history of plate change and cross check with the seller. If the seller states the plate change, it means that there is no issue. But if it is not informed to you, then you should start rethinking about buying that used car.

  • Linda Paeleman
    December 16, 2019, 10:04 am REPLY

    This is very informative article. If you have an doubt about number plate check you get clear information from this article.

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