Vehicle registration plates are the mandatory number plates used to display the registration mark of a vehicle, and have existed in the United Kingdom since 1904. It is compulsory for most motor vehicles used on public roads to display them.
The current system for Great Britain was introduced on 1 September 2001. Each registration index consists of seven characters with a defined format.
Registrations having a combination of characters that are particularly appealing (resembling a name, for example) are auctioned each year. But when a registration can’t quite match what is required there is a code for translation. For instance the letter A can be represented by the number 4 or a B by the number 8 or even 13.
A practical example; I might want
which is the 2 initials of my first names and the 4 letters of my last name.
That could be made up with
Now that 11 doesn’t really look like an H but If I attach one of the mounting screws directly in the centre of the 11 then from a distance it will look like an H
Prior to 2001 the number plate system consisted of fewer numbers and letters and many of the personalised number plates are made from these older registration plates.
The numbers and letters must be spaced correctly otherwise the registration plate is illegal and it is not unknown for the police to have occasional crackdowns on illegal plates. Repeat offenders can lose their personalised registration
Personally I don’t have a personalised number plate, nor would I consider buying one. Oh yes you have to ante up if you want one. But it is sometimes fun when you’re driving along the motorway reading the personalised number plates.
This is topic number 7 in Paul’s Photography Challenge