|Bookmark this page! |
one can argue the necessity of the motor car. Even from its early beginnings
it could be seen that some government control had to be issued to ensure for
the safety of pedestrians and the general population. With over 5000 cars
already being used in the U.K. by 1900, Parliament decided that registrations
were in order. The Motor Car Act of 1903 was implemented on 1 January, 1904
and demanded that all localities set up a Registration and Licensing
A system of number plates to prove a car registration was quickly decided upon
and the first plate, numbered A1, was issued for 20 shillings. It is rumored
that the now deceased, Roy Palmer sold both the original A1 and 1A plates to a
Royal prince and are now valued at £1 million. These first number plates were
not bound by date and a system of 1 or 2 letters to indicate the local
authority and up to 4 numbers. When 9999 was reached, a new letter series was
The first system was messy and disorganized. Plate combinations began to run
out and in 1932 a new system of 3 letters followed by 1 to 3 numbers was put
into place, AAA 1 to YYY 999. I and Z were reserved for Ireland. This system
is still used today in North Ireland except they’ve added a fourth number.
When this system began to run out of combinations in 1950, authorities began
to release plates with reverse ordering, from 1 AAA to 999 YYY. This time it
was only ten more years before sequences were running low again and as an
emergency measure, plates were issued with a reverse of the first system used
in 1904, 1A to 9999 YY.
In 1963, the overwhelming number of automobile owners demanded a new system
with a letter suffix added to registrations to denote the year of the
registration. The complexity left confusion among all the separate local
authorities and in 1965 the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Center (DVLC) was
created to issue the registrations from a central agency. 81 offices were
established around the nation to serve the population.
In 1982, the suffixes ran out to denote the year, so the letter began to be
added, beginning with A, before the numbers and this lasted until 2001 when
the style used now was begun that uses a 2-letter regional code combined with
2 numbers for the date and then followed by a random set of 3 more letters.
| Number Plates - probably the largest choice of Number Plates in the UK!|