The 1st of March marks the new year for registrations and sees the release of the new DVLA number plates in the UK. The new number plates enter circulation each year in March and September and the registration numbers are used to identify when a car was registered.
What do the numbers and characters on a number plate mean?
The current format of licence plates came into force in 2001. The number plate is divided into three sections.
The first two letters on a number plate are the regional identifiers. The first letter stands for the local area and the second letter refers to the DVLA office the registration took place at. The two numbers that follow are the age identifier of the car, which shows when the car was registered. Then the final three letters are just a random combination.
See how the new number plates will look over the next decade below:
|Year||Number plate in March onwards||Number plate in September onwards|
Chapter 8 Shop Grades Explained
Ahead of the releases each year in March and September, we want to make sure that your new plate vehicle is Chapter 8 compliant. Our chevrons are fully compliant with the latest Department of Transport Traffic Signs Manual, specifically Chapter 8. Our most popular grades are Entry Grade Air Release and Premium Plus.
Entry Grade Air Release (Engineering Grade)
- Fully backed to give accurate and evenly spaced panels, this helps retain the integrity of the kit
- Airflow technology – this helps to speed up the application process and helps reduce the risk of microbubbles by helping air escape, giving a flawless finish
- Weatherproof with excellent corrosion and solvent resistance & high scratch resistance with up to 3 years’ service life
- Class 1 – Suitable for stopping on highways with passing traffic up to 40mph
- Visibility up to 400 metres
- Reflective Film (RA2 Class 2) – RA2 Class 2 is the higher specification of reflectivity and is used for permanent signage for roads as well as safety and warning markings on emergency service vehicles
- Suitable for stopping on highways with passing traffic up to and over 50 mph
- Airflow technology – this helps to speed the application process and helps reduce the risk of microbubbles by helping air escape, giving a flawless finish and reducing the application time by up to 60%
- Visibility up to 1000 metres, which exceeds the minimum requirements for Scotland & Wales
- Up to 5 years’ service life
All our chevron kits come with a 2-year warranty policy.