WHY THE CHANGES?
Since the changes to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), the authorities now use and rely on ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) systems to determine if a vehicle has road tax.
ANPR cameras now account for millions of number plate reads every month, however they cannnot recognise trade plates on dashboards and behind glass, hence the reasons for the new DVLA trade plate display rules.
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THE RULES ON THE DVLA TRADE PLATE APPLICATION STATE:-
4. Display of trade plates
A trade plate:
- must be displayed on a vehicle as long as it is visible and vertical on both the front and the rear (rear only for motorcycles)
- cannot be displayed inside the vehicle
- must not cover the vehicle’s existing number plates (except motorcycles)
Detailed information can be found at:
- the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA) and
- the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002 (RV(R&L) (Regs) (S1 2002 No. 2742)
WHY THE CHANGES? AND
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON THE MOTOR TRADE?
ANPR cameras now play a vital role in crime detection and prevention
And are used by various agencies, such as DVLA for unlicensed vehicles
Trade Plates and the Vehicle Registration Mark must both now be displayed
In-trade vehicles essentially have no Road Tax when they change hands
ANPR cameras can not recognise Trade Plates behind glass (ie. dashboards or parcel shelfs)
DVLA – if the camera cannot see a Trade Plate, they will prosecute
THE AMOUNT OF PROSECUTIONS AND DVLA FINES IS ON THE INCREASE
A DVLA Freedom of Information request has revealed:
Over 7.5million ANPR camera reads on average per month
Over £3million generated in fines per month
Out-of-court settlements, and prosecutions, are increasing
The problem is set to get worse with the increase in ANPR camera deployment in conjucntion with the clamping down against unlicensed vehicles
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DVLA ENFORCEMENT POLICY FOR TRADE PLATES
The reality is that ANPR cameras cannot detect a Trade Plate that is behind glass, ie. on the dash-board or back parcel shelf of a car and therefore the only reading the camera receives is that of the original vehicle registration mark, which is likely to indicate that the vehicle has no road tax and/or is ‘in-trade’ as dealer stock, resulting in the dealer receiving a fine for not having a licenced vehicle on the road.
TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO BE UPGRADED WITH ANPR
Traffic Lights to be upgraded to include ANPR Technology. The North East is spending £3.64m which will see traffic signals upgraded in a move to ease congestions. However this also means that more drivers and vehicles will be identified as being unlicensed leading to fines and prosecutions turning up in the post. The revenues generated through unlicensed vehicles is currently in excess of £3million per month.
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