Major number plate overhaul coming into force and drivers can seize a bargain

Motorists face significant changes to number plates from the beginning of next month when the new “22” comes out and people looking to buy a car beforehand could grab a bargain

A number plate overhaul is expected next month
A number plate overhaul is expected next month

A major overhaul of vehicle number plates set to take place next month means that there could be bargains available during a year where there is expected to be a surge in Brits buying a new car.

From March new cars will be have the “22” registration tag and then in September number plates will have a “72” until February 28, 2023.

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

They will also follow the 2021 new rules which meant that they will be “BS AU 145e” standard plates which meet the new British Standard for Retroreflective Number Plates.

The plates are made from a tougher material which makes them more resistant to abrasion and other damage.

Buyers could get a bargain before the new number plates come out in March



Number plates can now only display solid black lettering as two tone plates that used different shades to create a 3D or 4D effect have been banned, reported the 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.

The alterations to number plates will also have an impact on pricing for vehicles and anyone opting for a car without the latest the “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 car this year.

There is expected to be a surge in car purchases this year



Less than half of those surveyed said they would prefer to buy a car by paying the full asking price, instead of opting for shorter-term finance solutions.

James Fairclough, CEO of AA Financial Services, commented on the car market in 2022.

He said: “The promise of fresh car demand in 2022 is welcome 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 percent.

“What we expect to see in 2022 is the second-hand market benefitting from resurgent car demand.

“We also believe the way people pay for their cars will change and diversify.

“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.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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