Motorcycle Number Plate UK Laws FAQ in 2023-2024
This guide is intended to clarify any misunderstandings you may have about motorcycle number plates.
What is the best place to display your motorcycle number plate?
A motorcycle’s number plate must be clearly displayed on the back of the vehicle at all times. The background must be yellow with black lettering and it must be reflective. A motorbike’s number must always be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. It is not a legal requirement for motorcycles to have a number plate on the front of the vehicle, unlike cars.
Is there a motorcycle number plate that is the smallest that I can buy?
Number plates for motorcycles are typically 9 inches by 7 inches in size. The size of your number plate doesn’t have an official standard, but there are some rules and regulations you need to follow. Regulations changed in 2001 requiring 64mm high and 44mm wide characters on motorcycle registrations.
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The number plates from motorcycles can be used on cars, right?
Even though motorcycle registrations require characters to be displayed on two lines, you can still transfer your registration to a car. Transferring your number plate is governed by the same rules, and there are certain vehicles (like trailers) that cannot be transferred. The front of a motorcycle doesn’t need a registration plate, but the front of a vehicle does.
Is it legal to have 7×5 number plates?
It is illegal to have a 7×5 number plate. Because the DVLA set a standard number plate size in 2001, all vehicles now have the same size number plate. In spite of the new rules and regulations, 7×5 number plates are not permitted.
What if you don’t have a plate on your motorcycle?
Motorcycles without number plates are legal, but they aren’t allowed on public roads. You must have a clear number plate on your vehicle to drive on a public road. There may be fines or penalties associated with riding without a number plate on a public road.
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