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R Prefix Number Plate Release Coming Next Month

March 11, 2015

Nationla Numbers customers have the opportunity to own never-before-seen private number plates through the R prefix number plate release in April.

Previously unavailable R prefix number plates will hit the market for the very first time next month and Nationla Numbers is already taking orders.

The extended range will open almost 150,000 news options to customers unable to find themselves a registration or looking to add to their collection.

The extended range will be officially released on Wednesday 15th April 2015.

R Prefix Number Plates

R prefix number plates were originally made available for vehicles registered in August 1997.

Only a limited number of these registrations were originally released.

A prefix-style registration plate includes a year indicating letter (in this case “R”), followed by up to three numbers, a space, and a combination of three letters.

The original range saw the numbers 1-20, and thereafter any multiple of ten (e.g. 30, 300) and any repeated numbers (e.g. 33, 333).

The extended range will allow the numbers 21-31 (excluding 22 and 30, which would have already been issued), 121, 321 and 123.

Combinations can include any letter excluding I, Q and Z. This means there are 12,167 possible combinations available.

Along with the 11 new number combinations this means there will be up to 146,004 new R prefix number plates on the market.

Find Your Perfect Reg

The R prefix number plate release gives customers to chance to own a registration that they may not have been able to find previously.

Currently there are no number plates with “SUE”, “ANN”, “ROB”, or other names available except through private owners.

Customers are now able to get their hands on one for a lot cheaper than other registrations available.

Similarly a lot of popular initials, such as PJW, have also ran out over time as other drivers had bought them already, but customers will now have a second chance to pick one up themselves.

Stock is limited and subject to availability. Some registrations may have already been issued due to special circumstances or have already been auctioned off by DVLA.

How To Buy A New R Registration

To place an order on one of the brand new R prefix number plates you must first call Nationla Numbers.

The Sales Team are available 7 days a week on 01642 363738 and are taking orders now.

Alternatively go to NationalNumbers.co.uk to see the vast list of registrations available.


Young Nurse Has Licence Revoked Due to Medical Conditions

December 22, 2014
Posted in DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers


An Exeter nurse has been left without a driving licence after DVLA denied her recent reapplication on medical grounds.

DVLA revoked the licence of the insulin dependent diabetic after learning she had suffered two episodes in the last year.

Helen Nicholds, 26, is fighting the decision on grounds of her own professional background.

‘As a nurse and a diabetic I am obviously very conscious of what is required and my long-term blood sugar levels are all within range,’ said Helen.

‘I regularly check them, I can check them as many as eight times a day.’

Under new legislations drivers with conditions such as diabetes must reapply for their licence every three years. In this instance Helen Nicholds answered truthfully to a question asking if she has suffered two “hypoes” in the last 12 months.

‘They came during a particularly stressful time but they would not have happened in the day as I would have been monitoring myself.

‘It was just a tick box, with no room for any additional information.’

The district nurse has been driving for seven years and has never had an accident or episode whilst driving.

A DVLA Spokesperson said: ‘Where a driver with insulin treated diabetes has had two or more episodes of hypoglycaemia requiring the assistance of another person in a year they will be refused a licence.

“The European Commission have confirmed that we cannot differentiate between daytime and night-time episodes.’

Helen continued: ‘My own consultant and GP feel I am safe to drive.’

‘My role as a community nurse within Exeter is made even more difficult by not having a licence, which is obviously adding to the pressure to my already stressful job.’

You can show your support to Helen through her petition that can be found here.


DVLA Delay Paper Licence Axe

December 17, 2014
Posted in DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers


The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will no longer be scrapping paper driving licences as of January 1st as planned.

The proposal will instead be postponed until a suitable digital replacement after pressure from the trade.

‘Businesses that employ a large number of people who have to drive for a living have a critical role in ensuring these drivers are safe and eligible to be on the road,’ said Ian Gallagher, speaking for the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

‘FTA members desperately want a sophisticated electronic system for monitoring their drivers,

‘The decision to postpone the scrapping of the counterpart is therefore welcomed while we all work together to sort out a system which is fit for purpose.’

Members of the public who also rely on driver checks, such as those who rent cars, will also benefit from the DVLA’s change in direction.

Plans to remove the paper counterpart to the driving licence were revealed in 2011 in a bid to reduce costs and streamline the system.

The planned replacement would have been for drivers to print their own copy via the DVLA website but the FTA claim this would be too costly and time consuming to be a realistic alternative.

FTA employs thousands of drivers who have their licences checked up to three times a years.


DVLA Teams Up with Local Tech Company

November 22, 2014
Posted in DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Swansea-based TechHub have signed up to a two-year IT partnership with DVLA.

It marks the first time since 1992 that DVLA will not have outsourced IT needs to a multinational company.

‘There is no question whatsoever that Britain generally, and Swansea in particular, is home to some of the most talented software developers in the world’ said DVLA’s Chief Executive, Oliver Morley.

‘It is our hope that this scheme will facilitate a dialogue between us.’

DVLA currently spends around lb100m every year on IT.

In 2009 DVLA extended its contract with US firm IBM until 2015/16, but received lots of criticism from the public as a result.

DVLA has said it aims to ‘develop stronger working relationships with local developers’.

The two-year agreement with TechHub is reportedly worth lb250,000.

Adam Curtis, co-founder of TechHub, said that this ‘strengthens Swansea’s status as Wales’ tech city’.


MP Wants More Jobs in Coleraine After DVA Loss

November 17, 2014
Posted in DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers

An SDLP MP has encouraged the Northern Ireland Assembly to bring more jobs to Coleraine following the loss of the DVA vehicle licencing.

Mark Durkan MP, the Minister of the Environment, has been providing employment to many of the former employees of the DVA following a loss of 210 jobs earlier in the year.

The DVA (Driver & Vehicle Agency) ran vehicle licensing in Northern Ireland up until July when the service was transferred to the DVLA in Swansea.

“DVA in Coleraine was important to the health of the local economy,” said Mark Durkan.

“There are 210 DVA staff based in Coleraine, who previously carried out this work. Of that number 86 have been redeployed to alternative permanent posts, 107 have been allocated temporary work in the Coleraine area, with the remainder allocated temporary work elsewhere or on maternity/sickness absence.”

The DVLA have recently indicated that they were receiving “unprecedented demand” following the removal of physical tax discs.

Motorists have also reported large queues on phone lines and a slow website due to heavy traffic.

Durkan has stated that he is determined to bring as many jobs to Coleraine as possible.

“I have encouraged Executive colleagues to allocate further work to the area to support the local economy,” the Minister of the Environment said.


DVLA Issues Warning Over Fraudster Emails

November 15, 2014
Posted in DVLA,DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Motorists are warned not to open fraudulent emails asking for driving licence details.

The emails appear as if they were sent by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency and ask the receiver to verify driving licence information.

Scammers can use the information to steal identities or even access bank accounts.

It is suggested that criminals could be using the emails to take advantage of those confused by recent DVLA changes.

Recipients should ignore emails and should not enter any of these details on any website other than an official .gov site.

The alert comes 4 weeks after drastic changes were made to the tax disc system which caused confusion around the country.


Driving Licence Fee Cuts Will Save lb150m

October 28, 2014
Posted in DVLA,DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers

driving licence provisional

Reductions in driving licence costs with save drivers up to lb150 million over the next ten years.

New drivers alone will see lb82.2 million in savings over the next decades, 77% of which will benefit those aged 17-24.

Transport Minister Claire Perry and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander revealed that the cuts will come into effect as of October 31st.

Nationla Numbers previously reported on the planned changes in the fees paid by members of the public applying for driving licences or renewing their current licence. DVLA has committed to the suggest alterations with this announcement.

‘The cost of driving, especially for young drivers, can be significant and we are committed to cutting costs where we can,’ said Transport Minister Claire Perry.

‘Thanks to DVLA making large scale savings to their running costs, we have been able to cut the cost of the driving licence which will save drivers and businesses lb150 million over the next ten years.’

British motorists will see fees slashed by up to 32%. This would include fees for provisional driving licences dropping to lb34 (from lb50) and renewals after ten years reduced to lb14 (from lb20).

The cost of tachograph cards, devices that record speed and distance travelled that are used by businesses to monitor staff driving, will fall lb32 (from lb38).

‘Giving savings back to the taxpayer is a key element in this government’s drive for a stronger economy and a fairer society,’ said Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.

‘That’s why we’re slashing the cost of getting a driving licence and giving it straight back to young people and businesses, saving lb150 million over ten years.’

DVLA continue to review their services in an aiming to reduce costs and save money for the taxpayer. Vehicle registration numbers may be the next in-line to see such changes.


DVLA Must Do More To Address “Copycat” Websites, says Transport Committee

October 17, 2014
Posted in DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Websites charging for free DVLA services must be better addressed, the Transport Committee’s latest report details.

“Copycat” websites mimic the appearance of other Government pages and mislead the public into paying for various services that may otherwise be free or less expensive by doing with the DVLA directly.

Websites like this usually use the personal details given to them by members of the public in order to request the service from DVLA themselves, earning a profit for doing very little.

In the Transport Committee’s latest report, which details areas in which the DVLA should improve in order to provide a better service to UK motorists, urges for the DVLA to address the growing number of these websites.

“The DVLA and DVSA are important for delivering essential services related to tax, licensing, testing, and vehicle safety. The Department for Transport must ensure that its current re-organisation programme for these agencies delivers high quality services that benefit everyone,” said Louise Ellman MP, Transport Commite chairperson.

The report also addresses the matter of sharing driver data to third-party companies, specifically parking companies. DVLA are urged to better explain what information gets shared and why, and also the safeguards in place to respect driver privacy.

DVLA should also make clear the though-process behind the fees being charged for such services to third-parties.

The continued introduction of new digital services were also referenced with the Committee believing that the DVLA should be doing more to help those who cannot or are unwilling to use the internet to access these services.

“The recent problems experienced by motorists when road tax renewal went online demonstrates the importance of responding to change, having clear communication with the public and an effective contingency plan to maintain confidence,” said Ellman.

The Transport Committee is made up of 11 MPs from the three largest political parties. Their official remit is to scrutinise the Department of Transport and their main bodies, including the DVLA and the DVSA.


DVLA and Police Target Foreign Registered Vehicles

October 15, 2014
Posted in DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Untaxed foreign vehicles could be seized following plans revealed by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

‘These vehicles are a danger on our roads,’ said Patrick McLoughlin, ‘We will use all of the information available to us to make sure we take tough action where necessary.’

The planned trial, which have been called a “crack down”, will see six police forces join with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to find and impound foreign vehicle that have not met specific UK road laws.

Example of a foreign number plate

Any vehicle registered abroad that has been in the UK for longer than six months must be taxed.

It is estimated that as many as 350,000 vehicles between 2010 and 2013 did not meet this requirement, potentially costing the taxpayer lb60million.

Supporting McLoughlin’s plans, Gloucester Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: ‘It is the responsibility of every driver to ensure that they are obeying the laws that govern our roads.’

HMRC will provide local police forces with details of known vehicles that have entered the country in the last 12 months that may have stayed past the 6-month exemption period.

Drivers of the impounded vehicles will receive an out-of-court settlement demand for the unpaid tax by the DVLA. Failure to pay the settlement will result in persecution.

Drivers must also pay a release fee of lb200, plus lb160 surety and storage fees of lb21 per day.

Hampshire, West Midlands, West Mercia, Thames Valley, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire are the police forces taking part in the trial.

A six-week trial in April 2014 lead to 123 vehicles being seized.

The trial starts on the 3rd of November and will run until February 2015.


DVLA under fire for selling driver details to ‘cowboys’

July 31, 2014
Posted in DVLA News — Written by Nationla Numbers

DVLA have been criticised for making huge profits on the alleged miss-sale of driver information.

The accusation was made following an official report showing the number of requests for personal information from private parking firms have increase from last year.

‘Rogue’ parking enforcement firms use the information to chase private individuals who allegedly owe them money from parking fines.

DVLA selling information to cowboy firms

Michael Ellis MP, who sits on the Home Affairs Committee, voiced concerns about the companies purchasing the information.

‘These rogue parking firms are making the lives of innocent motorists a misery,’ Michael Ellis MP said. ‘The DVLA has a lot of serious questions to answer.’

68 parking firms made over 2.4m electronic requests for private information in 2013/14, up by more than 500,000 requests made last year, according to the DVLA’s ‘Who DLVA Shares Data With’ report.

Information such as names and addresses are sold at lb2.50 a record, in these cases to companies that impose charges for using private car parks.

Last year the DVLA turned over lb6.7 million from these requests, leading to many critics accusing the agency of braking data protection laws.

dvla swansea main office

A DVLA spokesman said: ‘We take our responsibility to protect information seriously … information is only

provided under strict controls to parking firms who meet the standards set by an appropriate Accredited Trade Association and are compliant with its Code of Practice.’

It is suggested that the recent increase in parking firms requesting information has come as a result of the clamping ban brought into effect in 2012. While banning clamping in private car parks it allowed operators to pursue motorists for payment of tickets.

Professor Stephen Glaister, of the RAC Foundation, explained: ‘Just because we have seen the back of clamping we shouldn’t think this is the end of parking disputes on private land.

‘The DVLA says it will only share data with those who show reasonably cause … but when you annually dish our nearly 2.5 millions records to parking companies – not to mention millions more to councils, insurance firms and finance businesses – how many checks is the agency able to make to ensure those getting our private information are using it responsibly and being fair to the motorists they’re trying to penalise?’

If trends continue over 100 companies will be making electronic requests next year unless practises change.