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Altering Number Plate Concerns

There are concerns that the DVLA are encouraging UK drivers to break the law when they buy cherished number plates at the DVLA organised number plate auctions.

Last week over three days the DVLA auctioned off various number plates at an auction held at the Haycock Hotel in Wansford, Cambridgeshire where number plates that vaguely resembled names and words could be bought by dealers and the public.

However, there is a concern that the DVLA are actually encouraging the buyers to make alterations to the number plate, this could mean changing font, size or spacing.

Nevertheless, by doing so the owner is breaking the law and could be fined up to a £1000 for this offence and the vehicle being declared an MOT failure.

Yet at the auction the DVLA sold over £3 million worth of personalised number plates, this has caused motoring groups to question the actions of the DVLA as they seem to be encouraging the buyer to alter number plates, but at the same time they are working with the police to enforce the laws on number plate alterations.

Andrew McGavin, founder of the Better Driving Please, added: 'It is ludicrous for the DVLA to be taking part in enforcement programmes one moment and then encouraging tampering next by selling number plates whose value will be immeasurably increased by slight changes to their format.'

Brian Gregory, chairman of the Association of British Drivers, said: 'The DVLA is being two-faced. Selling number plates which invite alteration is nothing more than a money-spinner.

'On the one hand they offer you the opportunity to buy a plate which spells out a favourite name or word and on the other hand they land you with a £1,000 fine.'

A DVLA spokesman said: 'Our sale of marks scheme is very popular and generates revenue that is able to be spent on other Government services.

'DVLA makes it very clear that registration marks must be correctly displayed. There are a very small minority of motorists who misrepresent their numbers and enforcement measures are in place to tackle this.

'However, this should not spoil the enjoyment of the majority of motorists who abide by the laws.'

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