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Digital(smart) Number Plates

Recently Dubai has been pouring funding into their plans to become the technology hub of the world. As well as working on ideas such as flying drone taxis, they are pushing number plates to the next stage. Dubai’s Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, head of vehicle licensing at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is introducing digital(smart) number plates.

Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, head of vehicle licensing at Dubai and digital number plate
Above: Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, head of vehicle licensing at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Digital Number Plate Example.

These digital number plates are said to be capable of various tasks:
• Traffic updates
• Condition changes
• Accident warnings
• Real-time communication with other drivers
• Emergency services contact
• New or learner driver symbols

The plates will be will be matched with a user’s profile/account, which will allow you to jump online and easily handle issues such as:
• Parking fees
• Registration renewal
• Fine payments

Plus, this innovative design could help reduce the recent rise in number plate theft. If the car or plate is stolen it will adorn a visual alert such as ‘STOLEN’.

The cost of these digital plates is yet to be revealed but maybe its best to leave these undoubtedly expensive addons to the Dubai public first.

18 Number Plates that have been Banned!

car showing banned plate example, with list of other banned plates to the side

Recently the 18 plate registrations were released and with them hundreds of formats were banned due to being potentially offensive. Over the years many combinations have been banned, here are a few:

Combinations consisting of 4 letters:

*B** UMS, *G** ODS and *R** APE

Combinations consisting of 5 letters:
AB** USE, AN** GER and BO** SOM

Combinations from 2004:
A**4 RSE, BO04 ZZY and BL04 JOB

Combinations from 2011:
BO11 OC*, DR11 GG* and PO11 CE*

Prior to releases (twice a year) the DVLA meet to decide which registrations will be banned due to spelling out rude and crude combinations. Among those banned this year are ‘BO18 CKS’ and ‘PU18 BES’.

number plate on the back of a car that spells BRABUS

You may be able to out-smart the DVLA and create your own crude but once it’s spotted it could still be taken from you. One buyer last June managed to buy the plate ‘JH11 HAD’, though it was later removed from the roads once the DVLA got wind of it.

As well as inappropriate words the DVAL pick any plate from the new selection that could potentially sell for a fortune at registration auctions.

The 18 number plates will be being issued between March 1st to the end of August, showing the year they were registered. you can search out yours on New Reg homepage, where we have a section dedicated to the 18 plates.

Private Registration Plate Record Sales!

The recent rise in number plate popularity has given way to record numbers of personalised registration sales. Between the years 2016-2017, personalised plates accumulated £110 million for the treasury alone, a new record.

Most people like to stand out or at least have their own unique look, and a private reg will do just that. Bought as gifts, rewards, to hide a car’s age or simply to add some style plates can be bought in various places such as online or at auction, but none are quite as cheap as New Reg.
Since number plates went on sale in 1989 there have been around 5 million plates that have changed hands.

Edmund King, president of the AA, is one of those who purchased a £250 plate for his car. He said: “People seem to be holding on to cars for longer and by having a personalised plate the car doesn’t age as much as it may otherwise. There is a bit of an auto-vanity about trying to hide the age of your car.”

Join the latest trend and get yours! Head over to our search options page to get a better look into your options and customise your digit styles.

Football Themed License Plates for the World Cup

Football is a huge part of many peoples lives. Fans can spend hundreds or even thousands every year on merchandise. Today was the closing date for ticket applications to the world cup, but do not fear, you can still snap yourself up some great memorabilia to help show your colours!
Football memorabilia can sell for ridiculous prices. A few examples of this would be Geoff Hurst’s 1966 World Cup final shirt which went for £91,750, Pele’s 1970 second-half World Cup final shirt which went for a staggering £157,750 or Nobby Stiles’ 1966 World Cup medal on which the hammer dropped at £188,200.

registration plate displaying WO18 RLD

DVLA Input

The DVLA recently released an array of plates themed around the World Cup. They’re going fast but luckily we have some here at New Reg! We have a wide array of well priced football themed license plates that you can browse to find the perfect one for you. Or, try making up your own as 18 plates are now available and will help you immortalise the coming World Cup.

Jody Davies, DVLA Personalised Registrations’ Senior Sales Manager, tells us: “Motorists can get into World Cup fever straight away with 18 registrations now available.”

registration plate displaying WE18 WON

Be one of the first to carry your colours and pride with you wherever you go!

Dirt and Grime, Causing Fines.

Drivers: beware the winter weather.

We all know cold weather driving can be dangerous, but with all that rain, ice and gritting on the roads it can also be a danger to your savings. Our vehicles naturally get a build up of dirt but during the winter it can increase substantially. Whilst driving our wheels throw all the dirty water and grit up from the road’s surface into the air, which usually splashes across the back of our vehicle.

White car with splashes of dirty

The DVLA have strict rules outlining what can and cannot be done to number plates, and registrations being easily distinguishable is a must. This is why number plate backgrounds must be clear and registration spacing correct.

Failure to ensure your number plate is clearly visable can result in a £1000 fine!

Plus, as if that wasn’t enough it can even cause you to fail your MOT.

The DVLA have explained “There is a specific offence under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 of obscuring or allowing a registration mark to be not easily distinguishable.”

“All registration numbers must be displayed clearly and correctly on the number plate – this helps the police, enforcement agencies and members of the public to correctly identify a vehicle to assist road safety and traffic enforcement.”

If you’re looking for more information on number plates and the rules and regulations they must abide by then you can see more at New Reg’s DVLA number plates page.

Stay Safe on Icy Roads this Winter.

Around this time of year, a lot of us find ourselves hoping for a ‘white Christmas’, but with the snow comes the ice. We are all expected to know the safety rules for winter driving, but it can easily slip your mind. So, stay safe whilst travelling on your visits this winter by having a quick read of these recommendations.

road with snowy conditions

-First and foremost, ask yourself whether the journey requires a vehicle, or could you get wrapped up and take a stroll.

-The icy weather can cause traffic congestions, many vehicles even get stuck in the snow. Bare in mind you may be queueing a while, you might even have to walk home. Keep a blanket or some extra clothing in the boot so you’re ready for the worst.

-It’s also a great idea to map out your route and let anybody that’s expecting you aware of it and when to expect your arrival.

-Before you set off ensure your windows and mirrors are completely demystified.

-Keep your mobile phone charged in-case of an emergency. It would also be a good idea to store some snacks and water with you.

-Just like in wet conditions, cold weather causes braking distances to increase – exponentially on ice! In-fact on icy roads drivers are recommended to leave up to 10x the distance of normal gaps.

-The cold conditions will cause a loss of grip on the tyres even above zero, so even if no ice is visible be sure to take care.

-If your vehicle begins to slide, try not to panic and gently steer into it – do not brake hard or let go of the wheel. For example, if the back end of your car begins sliding toward the left, steer to the left.

-Black ice seems to be the bane of every driver in winter. It is very hard to spot but may appear as a shaded stretch along the road, possibly with a glossy sheen or as if a patch in the road is ‘wet’.

-Be wary of lower temperature areas such as in tunnels and flyovers.

-If you find yourself driving over black ice, try to maintain your speed and keep your steering straight. Avoid using the brakes but if you need to slow your car it’s best to utilise your gears -though any sudden changes in the vehicles movement could easily cause it to begin sliding.

With that said, the cold isn’t all bad news as it brings some great deals. Like our winter sale with number plates from £69 and others with 10% off! Head on over to our number plates search page to see if your personalised registration is on offer.

icy road covered in fog

From everybody at New Reg we hope you stay safe this Christmas and enjoy every second of your holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Driving Laws You’ve Probably Broken!

There are many laws to abide by when you’re driving a vehicle, those laws can adjust and change as you move from B-roads, to A-roads and onto motorways. I’m sure we all try our best not go against any of these laws but a lot of people may not even realise they are braking laws they didn’t know existed!

Driving can sometimes be irritating, especially when you have a slow driver in-front of you or somebody in the on-coming traffic is cruising along with their full-beam headlights on. But be wary that this kind of behaviour can and will earn you a fine if not points on your license.

Here are a few examples of driving laws you may not be aware of:

Slow Driving
Police may pull over slow drivers to have a quick word as it can cause both irritation and confusion among other drivers. Irate drivers are much more susceptible to taking rash actions, therefore increasing the chance of an accident.

Consequence: From a verbal warning all the way up to 9 penalty points – depending on circumstances.

Failing to Remove Snow
Failing to clear your car roof from snow can be incredibly dangerous to both others and yourself. After driving and braking on and off the snow could easily slip down into your vision and block your sight all together.

Consequence: £60 fine and 3 penalty points.

Due Care
Many tasks come under this term, such as eating, drinking, applying make-up, changing CD, using in-car infotainment system or re-filling that e-cig. While not all these actions are illegal per-se, driving without due care is, so too much focus on any task except driving whilst in control of a vehicle is definitely illegal.

Consequence: Between 3 and 9 penalty points and possibly a £100 fine.

Single Yellow Parking
While we all know parking on a single yellow line isn’t illegal, leaving your car whilst there is. Single yellow lines are not for parking or ‘nipping into the shops’. If you’re parked on single yellows, then the second you leave your car you are liable for lawful punishment.

Consequence: Fines up to £130

Unfixed Phone SatNav
It’s so cheap to pick up a dashboard phone stand these days nobody can have an excuse to not be using one. They’re cheap, convenient and safe. So many drivers are resting their phones on their laps and using them as a SatNav, constantly removing their eyes from the road and their surroundings. If you’re mobile phone isn’t fixed into position, then using it with or without SatNav is completely illegal.

Consequence: A straight £200 fine and up to 6 penalty points on your license.

Splashing Pedestrians with Puddles
Other than making you very annoying and loathsome this can actually get you into trouble with the law, causing you to fork out potentially large sums! Driving without reasonable consideration for other persons’ is considered a crime.

Consequence: Possible 3 penalty points, plus a fine ranging between £100-£5000 – depending on whether your case goes to court or not.
Woman splashed by car going through a puddle

Paying at the Drive-Thru
This one may catch a lot of people out, it may also seem tedious but it’s in place for a reason. When paying for your order with a smart-phone at drive-thru’s, you want to make sure your hand-brake is on and the engine off, otherwise you risk being punished for using your phone whilst driving.
Consequences: 6 penalty points and £200 fine – that’s an expensive burger!

Speed-Cam Headlight Warnings
Many drivers warn their fellow drivers of on-coming police speed cameras by flashing their headlights. This act of vigilance is very much frowned upon by the law, classing it as ‘a dangerous practice’. Drivers flash their lights to give-way, catch other driver’s attention and many other ways in which they were not designed for, all of which can be seriously dangerous – blinding, confusing and distracting anybody within range.

Consequence: A fine with a minimum of £30.

There are many laws and rules to follow when it comes to vehicles and road use. Be sure to keep up-to-date with the latest on the DVLA approved number plate laws by visiting our Guide to DVLA Approved Plates – filled with laws on styles, designs, regulations and more.

DVLA Private Reg Plate Auctions

Recently the DVLA held private registration auctions for three consecutive days, taking bids on number plates with reserves between £250-£2,500. These auctions are held each year and have always attracted attention from the public, but never more-so than recently. With each auction the popularity is increasing, this is largely thanks to social media allowing the DVLA to reach more potential bidders with ease. With a collection of 1,250 varying plates at the latest auction, the bidding got underway.

Be sure to keep up to date with the latest offers and deals at NewReg by following us at Facebook or keep a close eye on our cheap number-plates search page where we gather our latest and greatest bargains and assemble them in a list to make it that much easier for you to get yourself a personalised reg, cheap number plates.

This year there have been some great personalised number plates sold at the auctions, here are a few that were on offer with similar plates still available for purchase at NewReg.

DVLA Auction Plate:
license plate preview showing the name Elliott

NewReg Plates:
license plate preview showing the name Elliott

license plate preview showing the name Elliott

See more Elliot plates here.

DVLA Auction Plate:
license plate preview showing the name Jamie

NewReg Plates:
license plate preview showing the name Jamie

license plate preview showing the name Jamie

See more Jamie plates here.

DVLA Auction Plate:
license plate preview showing the name Hassam

NewReg Plates:
license plate preview showing the name Hassam

See more Hassam plates here.

For more information on DVLA auctions you can get everything you’re looking for at

If you’re looking for more ideas/suggestions or you’re looking to create your own personal number plate try using our number plates search.

Most Expensive Number Plates in Britain!

NewReg users love to browse potential number plates for their vehicles, but who’s got the most expensive taste? With great finance deals and bargain prices available at NewReg, anybody can afford even the most sort after plates.

But what are the most expensive registration plates in Britain? Lets take a look at the top ten.

D1 private registration plate
D1 – £300,096

We start at the top of the list and immediately we are into the hundreds of thousands. The D1 registration plate just peaked over £300,000 at auction toward the end of 2015. This minimal vehicle plate currently belongs to a beautiful Rolls-Royce Ghost.

GB 1 private registration plate
GB 1 – £325,000

Shouting it loud and proud, this fellow Brit is representing his country through his registration. The ninth position on the list also belongs to a Rolls Royce and was sold in 2009. Since then, it is believed this number plate has increased its value by around another £200,000!

M 1 private registration plate
M 1 – £331,500

Purchased by a farther as a gift for his son in 2006.

S 1 private registration plate
1 S – £340,000

In 2010 this private reg was purchased and made its home on a Rolls Royce Phantom, it is thought to have doubled it’s worth since.

1 D private registration plate
1 D – £352,411

As with many of these top-end registration plates the ‘1 D’ reg is said to be worth twice the worth of the car it has been fitted to.

S 1 private registration plate
S 1 – £404,063

This plate is believed to have been the first legal number plate assigned in Scotland, which the format reflects  More recently it has been estimated closer to a value of one million pound.

F 1 private registration plate
F 1 – £440,625

A very much sort after registration number, the ‘F 1’ could quite easily take over those above it in this list due to how much attention it receives. This plate is owned by Afzal Kahn a tycoon in the car-tuning industry, who purchased the plate in 2006. Due to offers made to its owner this plate’s value is believed to be in the multiples of millions – it sits at home on his Bugatti Veyron.

G1 private registration plate
G 1 – £500,000

Adorned on an Aston Martin this vehicle number plate was sold in 2011, at the time making it the most expensive plate in the UK.

X 1 private registration plate
X 1 – £502,500

Bought in 2012 the ‘X 1’ number plate knocked ‘G 1‘ off its top position just a year into its reign. DVLA information shows the plate belongs to a Mercedes registered in 2008.

25 O private registration plate
25 O – £518,480

John Collins is a classic car dealer who purchased this number plate in 2014 for over half a million pounds, and topped the UK’s ‘most expensive number plate’ table. The plate has since been fitted to his Ferrari 250 GT SWB, itself worth an impressive £10 million.

Here at NewReg we’ve had our fair share of these top-end personalised reg plates, these are just a few:

examples of number plates sold by NewReg that are very unique and expensive

Many buyers see these unique and minimal number plates as an investment, check out our investments page to see plates likely to raise value.

A Brief History of Vehicle Registration Plates

With the new ‘67’ number plates just around the corner you may be interested as to how and why vehicle plates are structured the way they are. There have been four major alterations to this system so far as registrations try to keep up with the sheer amount of vehicles on the road. So here is a quick look into the history of registration plates of Britain.


The Motor Car Act is issued into force, requiring every motor vehicle to be placed on an official register and to adorn an alphanumerical plate, including motorbikes. This was in part due to an increase in vehicle accidents becoming more frequent; being able to identify vehicles became a necessity.

‘A1’ was the first plate issued and it belonged to Earl Russell, who is believed to have camped outside the registry office all night to ensure he got the plate he was after. As you can see the first plates didn’t carry any dates, in fact this was the case for the first 60 years! These dateless plates are now in very high demand due to how unique they are. Take a look at the following dateless examples from

The Motor Car Act becomes compulsory.

As you can imagine it didn’t take long until the registration plates were reaching their limit of combinations. The initial way this was countered was to simply reverse the digits and letters, going instead from ‘ABC 123’ to ‘123 ABC’ or by adding additional digits. Though eventually it was solved when the Suffix system was introduced.

The Suffix system allowed for a yearly re-use of registration numbers by adding a letter at the end of every plate that changed each year to show a vehicles registration year.

At this point, and since 1903 everything to do with this system had been done manually which meant it was very time consuming, leading to an over-hall of the entire system. This new system involved some much needed updated technologies such as computers and improved the speed of police checks and registrations, among other areas.

Prior to this date number plates had only made minimal changes to their physical design. But with 1973 came the requirement to have reflective number plates that had to be particular colours. The front was to be black writing on a white background and yellow background on the back.

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) takes over, removing vehicle registration responsibilities from local councils.

The Prefix system comes into play, moving the letter that indicates the year to the beginning of the registration. There are three sections to this version; the first being the yearly letter beginning with A in 1983, the two letters on the end show where the plate was registered using its area code, while the remaining have no specific meaning but do provide some variation.

This is when the current system was put into use, showing local region, date of registration and random letters to create unique codes. This order and structure is used as Police evidence showed that people tend to remember letters over numbers. Plus, as we read from left to right it made sense to have the local code at the beginning. You can see more of an overview on this here.

This system allows for a phenomenal count of registrations every year and once it peaks it can simply be reversed.