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Number Plates in Stirling
Standard & 4D Number Plates
Bob’s Locks, Stirling are proud to offer fully road legal 4D Registration Plates (Number Plates). 4D plates are simply the more premium version of 3D gel plates. They are typically manufactured using professionally laser cut acrylic letters as opposed to the raised gel letters found on 3D plates. We design and create our raised plate characters from high quality gloss finished 3mm acrylic to make your number plate really pop. The material of the plate the 4D characters attached also meet the same high level of British Standard (BS AU 145d) in order to be legal.
At Bob’s Locks Stirling, we use the latest high tech equipment to design, build, and manufacture your number plate or show plates. All our ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) substrate plates are manufactured to BSAU 145d standards. This makes them stronger, more impact resistant, and therefore lasts longer than the old-style plates made in Stirling.
Providing they conform to the rules regulating UK number plates, 4D plates are entirely legal to use on your car.
Bringing Number Plates into the 4th Dimension
There are a few criteria the number plates must meet in order to be road legal which Bob’s Locks ensures are met for every 4D plate issued.
On September 1st 2001 the DVLA introduced a new compulsory font for all number plates in the United Kingdom. The DVLA font of choice for all standard UK number plates is known as ‘Charles Wright’. Any font other than this displayed on any UK number plates is deemed illegal as the font has certain characteristics that make it easy to read and space on any reg.
Characters on legal UK number plates must be 50mm wide and 79mm tall. In addition the thickness of each stroke on the characters must be 14mm.
UK number plate fonts are monospaced. A monospaced font, also called a fixed-pitch, fixed-width, or non-proportional font, is a font whose letters and characters each occupy the same amount of horizontal space. This contrasts with variable-width fonts, where the letters and spacings have different widths. There must be an exact gap of 11mm between each character, as well a 11mm margin around the outside of the number plate. The space in the middle of a registration number must be 33mm.
As mentioned pervious, The material of the plate the 4D characters attached also meet the same high level of British Standard (BS AU 145d) in order to be legal.
It is illegal to have any of the following on your number plate:
- Screws placed in the middle of characters to disfigure letters or numbers
- Symbols and images
- 3-lines of letters and numbers on larger vehicles
- Incorrect spacing between letters and number
Here at Bob’s Locks, Stirling, we take the time and care needed to insure both of our standard plates and unique 4D number plates meet all the road legal standards. Starting from £14.99, call into Bob’s Locks on 17 Upper Craigs, Stirling, FK8 2DG to have your number plates printed today.
Please be aware that you must produce a number of documentation to allow us to legally produce your number plates in store. Please see a list of the following:
Proof of identity:
- A driving licence
- A utility bill issued within the last six months
- A bank or building society statement issued within the last six months
- A valid passport
- A national identity card
- A debit or credit card issues by a bank or a building society
- A police warrant card
- An armed forces identity card
Proof of entitlement:
- A Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C)
- The New Keeper Supplement (V5C/2)
- A Certificate of Entitlement (V750)
- A Retention Document (V778)
- A Number Plate Authorisation Certificate (V948)
- An Electronic Number Plate Authorisation Certificate (eV948)
- A letter of authorisation from a fleet operator (including lease or hire company) quoting the document reference number from the registration certificate
- If your fleet is in the new V5C on demand scheme (also called ‘V5C suppression’), you may use a PDF of the vehicle’s details from the view vehicle record service
Records must be kept for a minimum of 3 years.
If you already have number plates on your vehicle and you like to upgrade them to premium 4D number plates then Bob’s Locks, Stirling has you covered! You can go online to purchase your 3mm gloss acrylic numbers and letters and fit them to your plates from home. We can also supply high grade acrylic glue in an easy application bottle to secure your new characters quickly and with ease.
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Replacement Number Plates
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For the best plates in Stirling, visit us today at Bob’s Locks for your premium number plates. Our number plates are made from the highest quality materials sourced from suppliers from the UK. They are top quality number plates, made in Stirling, at a price that won’t leave you feeling out of pocket. Also, all plates come with a 12-month guarantee. Get in touch today!
Vehicle registration numbers are a way of identifying vehicles and are owned by the Secretary of State. They are allocated to vehicles as part of the process of registering and taxing vehicles. The registration number is given to the vehicle, not the registered keeper.
Vehicle registration numbers must be correctly displayed on number plates as set out in the Road Vehicles Regulations . These regulations govern how vehicle registration number plates are designed, manufactured and displayed. You can’t rearrange or misrepresent the numbers and letters on a number plate to form names or words, so that they are hard to read. For example, fixing bolts to change any of the letters or numbers. You could be fined up to £1,000 and your car will fail its MOT test if you drive with incorrectly displayed number plates. In some cases, the registration number may be permanently withdrawn. If you misrepresent a vehicle registration number you will not get back any money that you have paid for the registration number, or any other costs you have to pay. You cannot use a registration number to make your vehicle appear younger than it actually is.
The current vehicle registration number format was introduced on 1 September 2001. It consists of two letters two numbers a space and three letters chosen at random.
All vehicles manufactured after 1st January 1978 must display number plates of retro-reflective material. Retro-reflective materials must reach the criteria laid out in the BSAU 145d standard. A superior grade of acrylic material is also supplied capable of withstanding weathering, impact and bend test as stipulated in BSAU 145d.
UK specs require white number plates displayed on the front of the vehicle and yellow on the rear. All main digits must be displayed in black.
By law, each number plate must display a permanent mark with the following information:
● Postcode and name of supplier
● The British Standard (currently BSAU 145d)
● The manufacturer's name or trademark must also be displayed
You are able to customise with the Euro symbol, Saltire or GB national identifier on your number plate. Any regional flag can also be displayed on the left-hand side of the number plate, with its identifying name or letters.
● Scotland (Scottish Saltire)
● England (Cross of St George)
● Wales/Cymru (Welsh Dragon)
● GB Euro Stars
● Great Britain (Union Flag)
If traveling within Europe this will be required and no need for a bumper sticker.
Vehicles constructed before 1st January 1978 (‘S’ registrations and before) can display classic black and silver number plates. We don't produce these on site but are happy to order from our supplier with a small lead time to give your classic that new shine again.