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#1 Harvey19

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 03:20 AM

Hey guys,

Been a while since I posted I'm ashamed to say! Anyway I just wondered what your thoughts are on personal registration plates which have illegal spacing?

I just bought the rights to the registration:

H5 RVX

Now as my name is Harvey, I'm looking to rearrange the spacing so that it reads:

H5RV X

Excuse the kiss, but there really wasn't anything closer that I could of had!

Please let me know you thoughts, and if you have had any experiences with illegal spacing then let me know! No negative/offensive comments please, this is down to personal preference and I would just like to hear your thoughts.

Thanks!!!

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#2 ONETrueSaturday

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 04:07 AM

Looking good matey ;)

Seen lotsa plates like that......

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 08:51 AM

Looks good mate when it's mot time I would swap them back to how they was otherwise will fail mot but does look good

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 09:25 AM

Hi

I think that playing about with spacing can create some good effects and I've always thought that it's harmless. The law says you can't do it because it makes it harder for coppers and cameras to read the plate - However, modern number plate cameras are very accurate and have no problem with spacing.

Chances are that if it's in normal type face you will have no bother except at MOT time when you will be best off putting normally spaced plates back on.

There is always the possibility of a bored traffic copper pulling you for the spacing. If you do it will probably be a lecture and being told to put the spacing back how it should be. Technically, you can get a fixed penalty ticket (no points) for this.

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 09:41 AM

I have a friend who's been pulled 2 or 3 times in the last few months for illegal spacing, they've since changed back to standard spacing because they didn't want the hassle any more. They were never fined etc, just told to change them.

I don't see it as a big problem, illegal spacing is better than illegal fonts!

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 10:39 AM

I've seen the odd person at the side of a road at the rear of their cars with police pointing at the plate (coz of illegal re-spacing). Personally I wouldnt want the hassle

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 10:41 AM

I don't see it as a big problem, illegal spacing is better than illegal fonts!


The bit people are forgetting though is... its "illegal" and therefore shouldn't be done or actively encouraged imo =/

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 11:13 AM

Personally I don't see why it should matter if it's ABC 123 or AB C123 as long as it's clear that's what it says.

It's people using stupid fonts that get me, can't believe they get away with it.

At the end of the day though it's still illegal and when the copper pulls you over the excuse "people on the internet told me to" will not go down very well.

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 11:21 AM

Cheers for the response guys! Good to see a variation of opinion. Fortunately I have no mot for 2 years: Think I'll have bought a new car by then. Sounds like it's worth doing, I just feel that without the spacing it really doesnt have the same effect. Will try my luck, I live in the countryside of Bedfordshire so that should help :P Thanks!

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 11:25 AM

Haha dont worry I wont blame you lot if I get caught, I never understand why people bother with fonts either. It just draws more negative attention to you. I'll be keeping everything else fully legit ;D

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 12:47 PM

Haha dont worry I wont blame you lot if I get caught, I never understand why people bother with fonts either. It just draws more negative attention to you. I'll be keeping everything else fully legit ;D


I think most Police cars these days are fitted with ANPR cameras which notice far more than their drivers do. My guess is that illegal spacing will always be spotted and it depends how busy they are as to whether you get pulled. The DVLA do have the power to confiscate or withdraw personal plates even though you have paid for them.

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 12:58 PM

Oh yes and confiscate they do, if you get pulled 3 times, I had 1 fixed penalty and 2 producers in a week the following week got pulled again and the plates where confiscated, never to be seen again

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 03:04 PM

My missus mum has plates with the spacing wrong, has done for years on various mercs... never been pulled...

My mate has one too, on a kitted focus, gets pulled loads!!

I think if they see a car that they may be able to find more illegalities on than just spacing they pull you.. otherwise i dont think its worth their paperwork..

BTW, where abouts in beds are u mate??

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 03:57 PM

another problem you may find,it is also illegal for a company to make the plates with incorrect spacing as it will be classed as a show plate hence illegal, and instant traffic womble pulling material.

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 07:41 PM

Good point, although I have actually had show plates for the past six years, on this car and on my last car which I had for four years. Never been a problem as nothing was obviously illegal about them, just wanted my own side badge, border and footer.

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