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Vehicle registration number plate supply


It is an offence to carry on business as a vehicle registration plate supplier without being registered on the Register of Number Plate Suppliers maintained by the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

No offence is committed if the transfer of possession of a number plate in the course of a sale of a vehicle by a vehicle dealer if :

* he has arranged the first registration in the UK of the vehicle on behalf of the intended purchaser or keeper; or

* the registration plate was not fixed to the vehicle by him or on his behalf.

[Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 s.17; Vehicles Crime (Registration of Registration Plate Suppliers) Regulations 2008 reg.3]

Registration of Registration Plate Suppliers

Applications for registration as a supplier of number plates should be made to the DVLA on form V940.

Tacit consent: as there is no specific timetable for processing of registrations, and no right of appeal from refusal of registration, it would appear that tacit consent should apply.

A registered supplier is required to make certain identity checks and keep records.

It is an offence to supply a plate or other object to an unregistered supplier (except to a vehicle dealer) if the supplier knows or has reasonable cause to suspect the purchaser is carrying on business selling number plates.

[Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 Part 2; Vehicles Crime (Registration of Registration Plate Suppliers) Regulations 2008].

What’s new item on this topic [see What’s new page or archive for full item]:

01/02/2014: Number plate review
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is carrying out a review of number plates to identify whether the current system is fit for purpose. The review will be analysing the rules on displaying number plates and the rules which make sure only registered suppliers can produce and supply number plates.

Enforcement

Civil enforcement: a court may suspend or revoke a supplier's registration if he is convicted of an offence under the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001.

Criminal enforcement: the offences of carrying on business as a registration plate supplier . without being registered and of supplying plates etc. to unregistered persons are punishable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

A registered number plate supplier who fails to comply with the identity check and other requirements of the Vehicles Crime (Registration of Registration Plate Suppliers) Regulations 2008] ise guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

[Page updated: 03/05/2014]

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