New number plate rules to boost road safety could mean drivers face hefty fines

This year has seen a number of motoring laws announced.

Recently, six driving laws came into effect this month which would impact millions of motorists.

From a pavement parking ban to more clean air zones, drivers could face fines if they're not careful.

Now according to experts at Car Reg, drivers who fail to follow the DVLA's strict number plate rules could face hefty fines.

One of the biggest number plate rule changes to be introduced this year is for historic vehicles.

Drivers are told they must apply to the DVLA for these plates and even register their car as a "historic vehicle" in its tax class.

Green number plates were introduced last December which saw electric car owners unlocking a range of extra benefits.

The new plates include a green flash on the left-hand side.

Also the plates could allow for free entry into zero-emissions zones that might encourage more drivers to make the transition.

Other number plate rules have come about since the UK left the European Union.

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Motorists are now not able to just rely on their EU/GB number plate when driving abroad.

Instead, they must use a GB sticker and it applies to those without a flag or identifier already on their cars.

And finally the experts at Car Reg claim the British Standards Institute (BSI) has updated the technical standards for number plates.

It means new plates issued to drivers will be more durable and compatible with ANPR cameras used to pick up driving offences.

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The experts also say different shades of black lettering that create a 3D effect will no longer be legal.

Instead the letters and number plates will have to be a single shade of black with all effects banned.

The new plates were issued to drivers from January 1 but the new rule will come into force from September 1.

The DVLA said: "The agency has not seen any evidence to show that number plates displaying raised plastic, acrylic or Perspex lettering (3D/4D plates) are able to meet the requirements of either the current or new British Standard."

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