Self Adhesive Number Plates

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Self Adhesive Number Plates

Afternoon all,

What is the general opinion on self adhesive number plates regarding their legality? I am sure there is a thread on this some where, but searching for the title failed and it suggested "Sell massive number plates". I cannot believe this is the first time this has been asked.

Thanks in anticipation of some wisdom.

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Do you mean stuck on the sloping nose as opposed to being upright somewhere?

That has come up many times, and something like the following usually emerge:

  1. It isn't consistent with the regulations for use on public roads.
  2. It doesn't seem to cause many problems in practice.
  3. Having a numberplate in the boot and trying the "Just fallen off, Officer" gambit is lower risk. I'm not convinced.

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The aerodynamics of a Caterham are improved with a proper plastic number plate mounted low on the nose.

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Look my favorite picture blog.  Get plates made smaller think size of a bike plate   Redg MN 211

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I seem to recall the penalty for no plate is significantly less than for bad plate.

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That's often asserted but I'm not convinced by either the maximum penalties for the relevant offences or what's imposed in practice.

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On a 21, an adhesive plate has passed MOT but that was a few years ago. I know of examples both on the upper surface and more vertical surface below the angle.

Your mileage may vary due to different MOT stations. There should be some good advice from Dorset locals on a suitable MOT stations.

Fancy Plates is usually recommended https://www.fancyplates.com

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As Jonathan says and Stephen confirms...  stick-on plates on the nosecone are contrary to the regulations but seem OK in practice (to date for me anyway!)

My car passes its MoT test OK and the ANPR system at the Eurostar read it fine (unlike other 7ers with “legal” plates!)

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Thanks all for the contributions it is very much appreciated. The one common thread to all of this is that no one has been fined or had a problem with the law. I had a car some years ago, a GP Spyder that had the same problem and a sticker plate was the solution.

Whilst there is an aesthetic gain with a minimal plate as suggested by Derek I would suggest that plod would not take kindly to this as during my biking days it caused no end of problems for those insisting on minimising the size of their plates. I suspect that ANPR devices mounted in Police cars these days are programmed for the correct font and size for number plates. The reason that we have number plates after all is for formal recognition usually when involved in an infraction, parking, speeding etc.

With regard to the MOT my GP never caused a problem with the number plate, they were more concerned about not having any windscreen wipers on what was effectively an aeroscreen as they said it was a windscreen. A whole other can of worms.

I have concluded that I shall be fitting a sticky plate on my 21 in due course as I think a la E Type it is nicer to look at and fingers crossed will be sufficiently within the tolerance of the law that the men in blue will allow me on my way unhindered.

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My 7 has just passed an MOT with no front plate - although I did tell them it was in the boot!

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I have a stick on plate on my nose cone, and had no issues with the Boys in Blue yet. I did get a fine on the bike a few weeks ago for a small plate (one size smaller, but I knew it when I put it on and accepted the consequences). I did have a smaller plate on front of the 7, but since getting my collar felt for the bike I have gone with a (legal sized) stick on one, bought off E-bay. The police are hot on stuff like that here in Mid Wales but so far it's not been an issue for them. I think a lot is also how much attention you attract to yourself and how you drive / ride, and if they have an excuse for pulling you over for a quiet word in the shell-like.