The requirements also only apply to new plates, so drivers who have already equipped plates with two-tone lettering can continue to use them as long as they comply with all other existing rules on reflection, letter size and spacing. From 1 September 2021, licence plates with a 3D effect policy will be banned in the UK. According to the DVLA, the lettering of a license plate can only be printed in a single shade of black. The new rules could lead to volatility in car prices, as licence plates must now meet the UK`s new standards for retro-reflective licence plates. He said: “The promise of demand for new cars in 2022 is good news after a difficult year for the automotive industry. Math aside, 4D license plates are more expensive to manufacture because fewer vendors offer them. Each letter must be cut individually and suppliers offer a variety of acrylic sheets, including those containing glitter. Ooh, sparks. This requires the panels to be made from more durable materials and pass stricter durability tests, including a new abrasion test to ensure they can withstand damage from road debris such as salt and gravel. License plates with raised polyurethane characters glued to an acrylic support are called “3D gel” sheets. The glossy appearance and curved surface of the lettering give the impression that it is reproduced in gel. We knew very well that the statement in the bulletin was wrong because the RNPS enforcement team went to our premises and gave the “clear” for our products and we talk to them regularly to ensure compliance. Not only that, we`ve spent much of our time in this industry making sure we understand and adhere to the UK standard for license plates.

Most of us are familiar with 2D plates, where the printed plasticized back is attached to a durable resin topper to withstand Blighty`s wonderfully changing weather. These are cheap and easy to make, but, let`s face it, deadly boring. License plates that use characters rendered in a 3D font to give the impression of letters and numbers that protrude from the surface of the panel, as in the main image above, are not legal on cars if they are installed after September 1, 2021. Despite the changes, there is no complete ban on 3D license plates. If you have a trailer, read inF291: License Plates and Trailer License Plates. So we`ve all seen the video of the police officer talking about 3D/4D plate laws in 2021. It is crucial to ensure that your license plate complies with the law. In the best case, an illegal license plate can only prevent you from passing a TÜV. In the worst case, if you are caught by the police, you can expect a hefty fine of up to £1,000.

The changes to the license plates are expected to be introduced within a few weeks. While 3D and 4D license plates have become increasingly popular in recent years, there is some confusion as to their legality under the latest regulations. Unfortunately, you could be on the wrong side of the law and face a hefty fine if your license plates don`t meet the legal standard. Nowadays, plates with increased numbers and letters are gaining popularity as 3D printing technology becomes more accessible. The technical difference is that 3D license plates give signs the effect of being 3D, while 4D signs are actually lifted by the license plate. Almost. To avoid the costly effects of a properly created 3D license plate, some motorists showed shaded 2D license plates for a short time to make letters and numbers appear in 3D. In September 2021, changes came into effect prohibiting the use of more than one shade of black on a plate, as the ANPR and radars had difficulty reading the plates. According to license plate manufacturers, the main difference between 3D gel plates and 4D plates is that the latter use laser-cut acrylic characters glued to an acrylic background, resulting in a sharper and more defined font effect.

To launch 2022, CarReg.co.uk are holding a 30-day (written) online auction until the end of January 2022. Investors and buyers can bid on some of the best custom license plates available. We like to call them “SuperPlates”. With this in mind, we would like to draw attention to the fact that many companies claim that the license plates they produce are approved for road traffic, when in reality they do not meet the British standard – especially the colored 4D and the “sparkling” gel.