Motor Vehicles: Cherished Number Plates

Transport written question – answered on 25 June 2007.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why a vehicle inspection is required for a vehicle over 15 years old before a cherished number plate transfer can take place.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

The instruction to inspect all vehicles over 15 years old from date of manufacture/first registration whichever is earlier, was issued by the DVLA after a review of cherished transfer and retention applications. Vehicles over 15 years old were identified as being in a 'higher risk' category for fraudulent applications. A subsequent review of this instruction reveals it's introduction as effective, as applicants are now aware that vehicles will be called for inspection to ensure that the vehicle exists.

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