Fitting Adhesive No.Plates
Extract from Number Plate Regs (1971) Cars & Light Vehicles:
"EACH LETTER OR FIGURE SHALL BE 80mm high 57mm (50 on later plates) wide and have a stroke width of 14mm. Space between letters should be 11mm. On single line registrations the space between the group of letters and the group of numbers shall be 33mm. On two line registrations the space between the upper and lower line shall be 19mm. The space between the letters and numbers and the edge of the plate shall be at least 11mm."
Motorcycles & Scooters:
"Front number plates not required from 1971 onwards. Each letter or figure shall be 64mm high 44 wide and have a stroke width of 10mm. The space between each character shall be 10mm. Upper, lower and side margins should be at least 10mm. The space between groups of letters and figures shallbe 13mm."
Instructions for Self Adhesive Number Plate Fitting:
1) Thoroughly clean and prepare the area of application.
2) Apply base sticker by using a squeegee and soapy water as detailed on our 'Fitting Large Stickers' page.
Once base sticker is in place the letters can be fitted using the following method;
3) Use a length of masking tape to form a straight line that's about 11-15mm from the bottom of the oblong where the lowest edge of the characters will be.
4) Work out the spacing of your particular number / letter set up.
5) Apply the application tape supplied to the face of the first character, rub with squeegee and pull thick backing paper away at an acute angle.
6) Starting on the left leave a gap of at least 11mm and then apply your first number. Rub the application tape and then pull away at an acute angle. You may re-use the application tape to apply each character. Leave a gap of 11mm and apply the second character and so on to the end.
Boring bit alert: PLEASE NOTE THAT SELF ADHESIVE VINYL NUMBER PLATES AS USED ON ‘E’ TYPE JAGUARS, MINIS, MGB’S ETC. DO NOT COMPLY WITH MODERN LEGISLATION AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED ON CARS TO BE RACED, RALLIED, SHOWN OR DISPLAYED. WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT LIABILITY FOR THEIR USE IN ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES.
LEGAL BIT: Currently (April 2017) the UK government is running a 40 year old rule and vehicles reclassified as historic vehicles in their taxation class can wear black & white/silver number plates.