The British Standard sets out the physical characteristics of the number plate. This includes visibility, strength and reflectivity. The British Standard also requires each number plate to be permanently and legibly marked with the following information:
All number plates made on or after 1st September 2001 must display the mandatory character font. Number plates fitted before 1st September 2001 need not be changed provided the character font used is very similar to the one shown below. An example of the typeface is shown here;
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