Illegal Number Plates Across The UK
By: Rachel Barton
Last updated: 12 January 2017
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drove away from their wedding with one that read JU5T Wed. Boxer Amir Khan has one that reads BOX IIIG. Even 70s singing sensation Engelbert Humperdink has one on his Rolls Royce Corniche that reads EH 1. You may love your personalised number plate – but are you sure it’s legal?
Yup, personalised number plates are enjoyed by celebrities and non-celebs alike, whether as a bit of cheeky wedding fun or just plain showing-off! Although a personalised number plate usually costs from £200 to £2,000, some of the more sought-after registrations can change hands for an awful lot more! The most expensive numbered licence plate ever was classic car dealer John Collins, who paid £518,480 for the plate registration of '25 0', which was displayed on his £10million Ferrari. Before that, the plate 'F1' was the most expensive plate every purchased from a DVLA auction for £440,000 in 2008.
But if you’re thinking of purchasing a custom number plate yourself, you need to be aware that there are strict rules governing what can and can’t be done to personalise a number plate. If you order online or buy from a market stall, you may simply assume that the number plate is legal.
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