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World Cup Week: The most expensive football plates sold by DVLA

June 11, 2014
Posted in Auctions,Interesting — Written by Nationla Numbers


DVLA have revealed the highest selling number plates ahead of the World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is fast approaching and football fans around the globe are gearing up for what is bound to be an exciting few weeks. Of course, the most fanatic of supporters are known for expressing their love for the sport and their team in anyway possible in this game personalised number plates become the most unlikely of trophies.

world cup

Number plates are really one of a kind, and while there might be others similar a perfect representation of a word or name is hard to come by. There may only ever be one or two number plates in the country that could be held with pride by football supporters and you’ve got to be in the right place at the right time, and have the right budget, to get your hands on one.

Ready for the World Cup the DVLA have revealed their Top 10 highest selling number plates from their past auctions. Keep in mind many of these will have gone up astronomically in value in the following years.

lb9,400 PRE 570N (PRESTON)

lb10,000 UTD 80Y (UNITED BOY)

lb11,500 S41 NTS (SAINTS)

lb12,000 EN61 AND (ENGLAND)

lb14,500 DER 8Y (DERBY)

lb19,000 ALB 10N (ALBION)

lb35,000 V1 LLA (VILLA)

lb36,000 HU11 CTY (HULL CITY)

lb36,000 AR53 NAL (ARSENAL)

lb57,000 WE57 HAM (WEST HAM)

Many of these are currently on the market with their private owners at much, much higher prices. To think for even the cheapest of these number plates you would be able to attend every group game in the World Cup plus the final itself. An that is the cheapest one! I guess the difference is local clubs often get a much more die-hard following than international teams.

Many football plates are still available for much cheaper also. A Manchester fan may be interested in UN12 TED.

The FIFA 2014 World Cup starts on Thursday the 12th of June with Brazil versus Croatia.


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In Response to the recent “Fraudulent” Number Plate Supplier case

June 7, 2014
Posted in Cars,Editorial,Media — Written by Nationla Numbers

We have recently reported on a number plate supplier in Stockport who has received a two-year suspended sentence due to the illegal supply of acrylic number plates. The man sold over 13,000 number plates over a two-year period and the illegality of the operation only came to light after a customer noticed an issue with the address the plates were sent from.

Despite the man declaring not guilty the court came down hard on him. He received a two-year jail sentence (suspended due to him being a single parent) plus community service, a driving ban and even a curfew. All for fraudulently selling number plates. But what does this mean?

You are probably aware of the legal requirements on the display of number plates. Letters have to be a certain size with an exact spacing between them. But did you know there are also legal requirements to even sell these number plates? Most don’t, and if you believe the man in Stockport neither did he.

The judge called him an “inefficient and lazy business man” who “chose to take a shortcut”, but the same time accepting that he had “no intention” of actually selling illegal number plates. But he was found guilty anyway. Ignorance is not a great defence by any means, but could it be that this 39-year-old set it up as a side business without actually knowing the legal requirements?

You’ve got to look at how the DVLA themselves regulate this. Since the 1st of January 2003, it was illegal to sell number plates unless you were on DVLA’s RNPS (Registered Number Plate Suppliers) list. Being on this list confirmed you were selling legal number plates in a legal fashion. Part of those requirements were:

  1. Record Keeping. All number plate suppliers must keep a record of the registrations they have issued and who they have been supplied to. These must be kept for a minimum of three years. Details must include the registration mark, the customer name, contact details and method of purchase.
  2. Customers must prove their identity. This can be via a photo card ID, bank statement, and utility bill or credit/debit card.
  3. Customers must prove their right to display the registration. This can be proven with a number of DVLA documents including a V5 logbook, V778 retention document, V750 certificate of entitlement, or letter of authorisation from DVLA/leading company/fleet supplier.

Of course, the companies are expected to supply legal plates only also.

The Stockport business man allegedly asked for no evidence from his customers, which is why they courts came down hard on me. Problem is there is a grey area here, as there are websites who knowingly sell “illegal” plates by specifying that they are in fact supplying “show plates”. My research has found no indication that there is anything wrong with this and in fact DVLA say so themselves.

question on dvla about show plates


dvla rep explains number plates

The key quote being:

The companies you have identified in your email all state that ‘show plates’ can only be displayed on vehicles ‘off road’ for shows, rallies etc and ultimately it is the responsibility of the person keeping or using a vehicle on the public road to ensure that the number plate displayed on their vehicle complies fully with the regulatory requirements.

Given that the offending company was “showplates2go.co.uk”, you would assume that he could be cleared from blame on this basis? They are clearly a show plate supplier rather than a legal number plate supplier going by the name of the website. However, as the website is no longer around I cannot say whether or not the website content itself made this clear.

I think the issue is there is too much of a grey area. If the DVLA are cracking down on show plates as well perhaps there should be clearer guides in place about who can supply what? In light of this I have to say a lot of the comments I have seen that damn Andrew Shaw might be judgemental of the situation. Clearly it is not a black and white case of a man wilfully doing something illegal to make money, there is some misunderstanding all the way around.

What do you think? Do you think the punishment fits the crime? Do you think the Stockport man got what he deserved or have the courts been unfair? Let us know in the comments below.