Car number place changes coming into place next month as drivers can bag bargain


New licence plates are coming out next month as the “22” registration tag will finally become available.

Drivers who purchase a new car later in the year could scoop the “72” plate if it’s after September.

Now a major overhaul of vehicle number plates are set to take place in March and it could mean there will be more bargains.

That’s because more drivers are buying new cars these days.

The number plates will include the supplier’s business name and postcode, along with the manufacturer and the new standard.

They will also follow the 2021 rules to meet the new British Standard for Retroreflective Number Plates.

Great Britain Flag on a Vehicle Registration Plate
Certain plates are approved for ANPR cameras

And the plates are made from a tougher material to make them more resistant to other damage.

Number plates can now only display solid black lettering as two tone plates to create a 3D or 4D effect are banned, reports Express.

The lettering can still be Perspex or acrylic lettering, provided it meets all other requirements.

This change was made to make it easier for Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to read the plate.

Part of a car registration number plate belonging to a lawyer
Some licence plates have been banned

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The alterations will have an impact on car prices and anyone opting for a model without the latest “22” number could get a bargain.

Car dealerships are known to get rid of old stock at discounted prices in February and August.

At the same time the AA Financial Services found that more than one in three drivers plan on changing their vehicles this year.

James Fairclough, CEO of AA Financial Services, said: “The promise of fresh car demand in 2022 is welcoming news, following a challenging year for the car industry.

“The impact of Covid and the global shortage of semi-conductors has seriously impacted new car registrations this year, pushing up demand for used cars.

“Previous AA research suggested that values of some used cars have risen by up to 57%. What we expect to see in 2022 is the second-hand market benefitting from resurgent car demand.

“The economic uncertainty of Covid and the transition to electric cars will continue to influence drivers until the traditional notion of paying full-price for a car and keeping it for as long as possible is something for the history books.”