Can I display a black & silver number plate?

The historic black & silver number plate has been around since 1903

The black & silver number plate was issued in the UK following the Motor Car Act 1903, this ensured all vehicles could be legally recognised in the event of a road traffic collision or potentially recovered if stolen.

Today these original plates are an emblem of genuine classic cars still being driven today. Although the modern white/yellow reflective plate was available since 1968 as an option on new cars, many continued to carry the black & silver number plate into the early seventies.

What is legal and illegal in the UK for number plates?

When it comes to the legalities of these old style plates, officially from April 2015 vehicles registered before the 1st of January 1975 can legally display a black & silver number plate providing they are registered with the Historic Vehicles taxation class. This is not to be confused with the rolling 40-year tax exemption. The important difference between these two pieces of legislation is that the tax exemption rolls year on year while vehicles that can display black and silver number plates is fixed at classics registered before 1975.

 

Below is a list of points that are illegal when it comes to your registration plates:

  • Decorative typeface (no italic lettering or hard to read font style)
  • No altering characters (such a screws used to change a 0 to an 8)
  • No using non-authorised symbols (such as sporting or religious emblems)
  • Not supplying the British Standard symbol
  • No altering configuration (putting gaps to separate characters)

The modern number plate has to be clear and reflective displaying black characters in a standard size on a white background for the front and a yellow background for the rear. If your vehicle does not display legal number plates you could be fined up to £1,000 and your car will automatically fail an MOT.

Insure Your Classic Car With Heritage

Get the best rates on classic car insurance today with Heritage Car Insurance and get a personalised quote. Alternatively, if you have any further questions about Black & Silver Number Plates, please – call us on: 0121 248 9229.

Looking for a Classic car? Take a look at our top ten under £5000

Top Ten Classic Cars Under £5000

MORE ARTICLES

Tackling driver fatigue

March 28th, 2019

Driver fatigue has contributed to one in six road crashes resulting in death or injury on major roads. We look at how to avoid falling asleep at the wheel.

VIEW MORE

Aston Martin’s of the Movies

May 18th, 2018

After the successful partnership between the creators of James Bond and Aston Martin in Goldfinger, the DB5 then went on to appear in Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre.

VIEW MORE

Classic Collector – Ralph Lauren

October 23rd, 2017

Classic car collection. In the latest of our series looking at famous classic car collectors, we’re going to take a look at a name more familiar to fans of the fashion industry than petrol heads – Ralph Lauren.

VIEW MORE