Drivers are being caught out by this simple driving offence – find out how to avoid a £1000 fine here

It’s inevitable that cars are going to get grimy while out on the UK’s roads, but motorists who are caught driving with unreadable dirty number plates could be issued with a £1,000 fine.


Drivers across the country are being urged to check their reg plates and ensure that they are visible at all times to avoid hefty penalties.

If police think your number plate is obscured by grime, you could be hit with an on the spot fine of £50 or taken to court, where you could be fined up to £1,000.

Check your car tax, car insurance, MOT and driving licence are valid here

To avoid breaking the law, regularly cleaning your car will help.

The DVLA states that your number plate 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

Current vehicle registration number format consists of:

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

Find everything from how to change your address with the DVLA to checking your penalty points and renewing your photo

Number plate rules for motorcycles:

  • Must be displayed at the rear of the motorcycle
  • Two line number plates are standard for motorcycles registered after September 1, 2001
  • It is against the law to display a one line plate on a motorcycle regardless of the date of registration


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