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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 14th June 2006
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Originally Posted by RIKER1
thats at most decent shops where you will be asked to produce documents but if you buy from the online company's you'll not get asked.
These stupid new laws meant that the first time I took my caravan out with the new car, I had to tow it illegally.

The car arrived mid week, and it was a mad rush to get a towbar on it for Friday. I tried to get hold of a number plate, but the paperwork for the car hadn't come through yet (it's a leased vehicle) and so I was forced to tow the caravan with the old car's number plate on it.

In the end, I found a place on eBay that did two plates for a tenner. I asked them nicely and they did me two rears (the offer was a front and a rear) so I have a spare for my trailer board. Technically, these are illegal too (they don't have the supplier's name and poscode on the bottom) but considering that many people consider a matching number plate on a trailer to be optional, I'd say it's good enough

The legislation is supposedly to stop car ringing and the like, but if the crooks can forge a V5 document, I'm sure getting fake plates made up doesn't pose much of a problem. I've always suspected that the real reason is that they were half expecting the same backlash against speed cameras as happened in Holland, where many drivers run round with false plates specifically to avoid tickets. And that still goes on here too (I recall a couple of forum members who've had their registrations 'cloned'.)

So a wonderful bit of legislation that only really inconveniences the honest driver who's trying to stay legal, while doing nothing to deter the crooks.

I'll stop ranting now
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Whilst in Oz last year, some bright spark sprayed black paint on the rental car's rear plate. When I enquired about getting a replacement, I was told that you can only get plates from their equivalent of the DVLA!! Bit difficult with a rental, plus I didn't want to be charged a stupid amount by Hertz. So, I got some spirit , small pot of black paint and a brush and repainted the plate. Took about 30 minutes and was as good as new.

How stupid to be forced into that situation though!

My other cars are less unusual!
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Originally Posted by lagdti
Not wishing to contradict anyone,but I'm 99% sure thats a rivet.I have the same headed fixings holding the flap hinges on the fuse box on my(broken...) Laguna,and they're definitely rivets.

Sorry Hondo,but it's Black and Decker time!
Well, well spotted that man on a motorcycle

Telephoned Renault today and asked WTF is holding the # plate on the front of my car to which they asked
"Why?" I explained all the blurb in my first post on this topic & without any hesitation they asked if I was anywhere near them or could I call by, it just so happened I was going to go past them within the hour they said they would fit another one for me free of charge, I haggled a bit, but not for long I was way too busy.

The point is, when I got there a guy came out armed with a battery drill, he drilled guess what out. Yep rivets, I was on my way again with a brand new flush fitting stick on # plate in less than 10 minutes with the old one in the boot.

Well done Renault, first class customer care, above and beyond.

Very well spotted lagdti, many thanx.

Also thanx to the rest of you who contributed in bringing this post to a successful conclusion.

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Just on the bit about number plates...
I got pulled for speeding the other week ( ) and the nice officer tried to do me for my number plate as well (dodgy spacing). Apparently, for the plate to be legal as well as the name of the supplier on the bottom you also need the relevant BS number. I pointed out to the officer that I was already facing a 60 fine and 3 points and so he could sod off with the 'reporting me to DVLA' stuff so he agreed just to lecture me instead (only after I pointed out that everything on my plate was legit apart from the spacing!).
I got mine from www.gtgrafix.com - pricey but good quality and good service.
Sorry for moving off the subject of this thread!

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Originally Posted by hondo
Very well spotted lagdti, many thanx.

Thanks Hondo,and also thanks for the rep points!.

You see,I do know what I'm talking about after all!
(Well,sometimes at least )

Glad to hear your all sorted now.

There are many rules and regulations regarding number plates,including spacing,font style,etc,and some are MOT failures too,so be warned.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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