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Number Plate & Freight Products

Number plates by Advanced Radiators

Number plates

Advanced Radiators Ltd have been an established supplier of Number plates and components for over 30 years. We are registered with the DVLA and only supply the highest quality products.

Our services include:

  • Made up Number plates to suit all models
  • Pressed aluminium number plates
  • Black and Silver pressed aluminium number plates
  • Acrylic
  • Reflective
  • Fixings and frames


Number plates (also known as licence plates) should show your vehicle registration number correctly. You can’t rearrange letters or numbers, or alter them so that they’re hard to read.

You could be fined up to £1,000 and your car will fail its MOT test if you drive with incorrectly displayed number plates.

The current vehicle registration number format was introduced in 2001. It consists of:

  • 2 letters (these refer to the region in the country where your vehicle was first registered)
  • 2 numbers (these tell you when it was issued)
  • 3 letters chosen at random

Your number plates should:

  • Be made from a reflective material
  • Display black characters on a white background (front plate)
  • Display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate)
  • Not have a background pattern

Characters on a number plate can be 3D.

The characters on a number plate need to be a certain height and size.

  • Height - 79mm
  • Width - 50mm
  • Space between Characters - 11mm
  • Space between Groups - 33mm

Motorcycles and motor tricycles registered on or after 1 September 2001 must only display a number plate at the rear of the vehicle.

If you ride a motorbike or motor tricycle registered before 1 September 2001 you can also display a number plate at the front, but you don’t have to.

Motorcycle and motor tricycle number plate numbers should be on 2 lines.

The character size may be as follows: -

  • Height - 64mm
  • Width - 44mm
  • Space between Characters - 10mm
  • Space between Groups - 30mm

Motorcycles registered on or after 1st September 2001 must display a two-line number plate. Motorcycles registered prior to this may display a three-line number plate. One-line number plates are illegal, irrespective of the date of registration.

Imported Vehicles

Certain imported vehicles may be permitted to display number plates with smaller characters if:

The vehicle does not have European Community whole vehicle type approval and the vehicles construction / design cannot accommodate standard size number plates.

If you tow a trailer then it must display the same number plate as the car you’re towing it with. If you’re towing more than one trailer, the number plate must be fixed to the trailer at the back.

You can only get a number plate made up from a DVLA registered number plate supplier.

The supplier will need to see original documents that:

  • Prove your name and address
  • Show you’re allowed to use the registration number

You can use the following to confirm your name and address:

  • Driving licence
  • Utility, Council Tax or rates bill from the last 6 months
  • Bank or building society statement from the last 6 months
  • National identity card

The following will confirm your name only:

  • Passport - doesn’t have to be issued in the UK
  • Bank or building society debit or credit card
  • Police warrant card
  • Armed forces identity card

You must bring one of the following to show you’re allowed to display the registration number:

  • Vehicle registration certificate (V5C or V5CNI)
  • New keeper supplement (V5C/2 or V5C/2NI)
  • Certificate of entitlement (V750 or V750NI) to the number
  • Retention document (V778)
  • A renewal reminder for vehicle tax or SORN (V11 or V11NI)
  • Temporary registration certificate (V379 or V379NI)
  • A number plate authorisation certificate (V948) with an official stamp from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) or Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
  • An electronic number plate authorisation certificate (eV948)
  • A letter of authorisation from a fleet operator (including lease or hire company) quoting the document reference number from the registration certificate
  • If your fleet is in the new V5C on demand scheme (also called ‘V5C suppression’), a PDF of the vehicle’s details from the view vehicle record service

If you display the Euro symbol and Great Britain (GB) national identifier on your number plate, then you won’t need a separate GB sticker when travelling within the European Union.

The Euro symbol must:

  • Be a minimum height of 98mm
  • Have a width between 40 and 50mm
  • Have a reflective blue background with 12 reflecting yellow stars at the top
  • Show the member state (GB) in reflecting white or yellow

Freight Products

When it comes to Freight products whatever your requirements are Advanced Radiators Ltd can help.

We stock and supply a wide range of products including Marker boards, Chevron kits, Light bars and Beacons.

We can deliver same day locally using our own delivery service or we can offer a next day delivery service nationally using a courier.

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Do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information or for a competitive quote.

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