Is The New 23 For You?
Its that time of year again when new number plates will be seen on UK roads. Whilst most people will just notice the number less is known about the legal requirements for the plates.
For example, all new number plates must be in a specific “Charles Wright” font which has been in use since 2001. Characters must be 79mm and 50mm wide (except the number 1 or letter I) and the thickness of the character stroke must be 14mm. Finally the space between characters must be 11mm and the space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 33mm.
Substituting letter and digit combinations is common practice as new car buyers search for the ultimate personal registration and both 2 and 3 offer the potential to do just that. For example, number 3 is often used to represent an “E” even though it is horizontally inverted, and the number 2 is often used to replate “R” and “Z”.
If “23” is taken as “RE” this offers many opportunities to create something personal with an endless list including words like DARE and MORE, through to names like ABRE and ZORE, which are English for “open” and eastern European for “dawn” respectively.
Not all letters are available and combinations and a check with DVLA is necessary first but for anyone fancying a new car this spring it may just be the right time to bag your very own personal registration number.