Vehicle number plates are known as a unique identifier helping in recognition of the cars and their owners. Similar to DNA, you won’t find any two number plates being same, and there exists only one registration for one vehicle. Suppose your car is numbered MG03 MVS, you won’t find another car with the same numbers. I n the UK, all these information related to registration of your vehicle is controlled and checked by an organization known as Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency or DVLA. The agency takes a note of not only the car registration but also many other matters associated with the vehicles running in the UK. It also maintains a track record of drivers in Great Britain and keeps a check on their driving activities.
Origin Of Motor Car Registration In The UK
Over the years the format of car registration in the UK has undergone various changes in order to meet the increasing number of cars on roads. Car registration in the UK was made compulsory with the introduction of Motor Car Act in 1903. Back in their years, DVLA did not come into force, and it was the responsibility of the local council to administer the car registration procedure and norms. But the council started facing aproblem when the vehicles registered under it was sold to someone else belonging to another area under another council. This problem grew larger when more and more cars came up on roads, and the council became feeble with the car registration due to this rush.
Birth of DVLC/DVLA
Considering the local council’s feeble condition with the registration, DVLC or the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre came into existence in 1965 taking over the charge of car registration and issuance of number plates in the country. The body started its function with the head office set up in Swansea and about 81 offices at the local base supporting the process. With the passage of time, post offices also joined with the car registration process leading to the closure of many DVLA local offices. Eventually, the local DVLA offices reduced to a number of 53 around 1985, and the head office took over the name Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
Registration Formats Used By DVLA
DVLC/DVLA with its existence brought in 3 different formats of the registration number. They are namely known as Suffix style registration number, Prefix style registration and the new style pattern of the registration number. From 1963 to 1983, suffix style registration number continued existence. In this format, three letter were followed by three number and another letter like BDC 450A. As the suffix style exhausted, the prefix style made its debut with the reversal of the suffix style like A450 BDC. However, letters I, O, Q, U, and Z were never used in both the formats.
The New Style DVLA Car Plate Numbering Pattern
The new style DVLA car plate number registration succeeded the prefix style and came into existence in 2001. This number plate format display the age of the car or when the first registration was made in the middle with 2 letters preceding and 3 letters succeeding it. For example AB03 DEF. The first two letters are related to the area to which the car belongs. However, some changes are noticed with it presently where you can also use the initials of your name on the number plate. This was done to meet up the numbers and letters getting exhausted with millions of car getting registered with the agency. With the use of the initials, it can be said that car number plates are no longer just a vehicle’s identifier but also is an important accessory for it.