Every country across the world has its own system of car registration. Everything differs from the procedure of the entire registration process to the documents required, and amazingly, there are also differences in number plate style and colour.

If you are very current, you would have noticed that India does not use the same number plate colour as France. And it goes on like that from one country to the other. Even among the same European countries, there are slight differences. 

 

For instance, the French number plate, though it looks very much like the one used in the UK, differs from having black characters on white plates, and that is what the car owners place at the front and back of their vehicle. However, in the UK, it is two different colours – Yellow and white.

 

If you want to drive on the road in the UK, your vehicle must feature the two number plate colours. You will affix a yellow number plate with black characters on it at the rear of your car, while the one you fix at the front must be a white plate with still black characters on it. Any other colour combination aside from the aforementioned is unlawful and can attract a huge fine.

If you are very current, you would have noticed that India does not use the same number plate colour as France. And it goes on like that from one country to the other. Even among the same European countries, there are slight differences. 

 

For instance, the French number plate, though it looks very much like the one used in the UK, differs from having black characters on white plates, and that is what the car owners place at the front and back of their vehicle. However, in the UK, it is two different colours – Yellow and white.

 

If you want to drive on the road in the UK, your vehicle must feature the two number plate colours. You will affix a yellow number plate with black characters on it at the rear of your car, while the one you fix at the front must be a white plate with still black characters on it. Any other colour combination aside from the aforementioned is unlawful and can attract a huge fine.

Number plate laws

If you don’t know, there are laws guiding number plates in the UK, which are very strict. From the exact size of the (height and width) of the characters on the plate to the suitable materials on which the characters are imprinted, UK number plates have several rules you must abide by as a car owner if you want to cruise confidently everywhere you go.

What’s more? The characters are crafted in a specific font type which Charles Wright. Though the advent of modern technology has provided room for customization with 3D and 4D printing, you need to use the right colours in the front and back of your car.   

So, if you want to use the standard number plate or the customized one, it is best to keep your car in your garage if you don’t have the two colors on your vehicle. Otherwise, you may have to bear some losses, which could involve a failed MOT and a fine that can soar as high as one thousand pounds. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will not pardon anyone when it comes to number plate color offenses.

But wait, why are UK number plates white and yellow?

We can tell you that most car owners in the UK do not know the reason behind the two specific clours. They take it as what the law enforces and gently abide by it. But, are you curious? 

Back in the days, UK number plates’ colour used to be black with either white or silver characters projecting the alphanumerical registration display. You will have seen something like that if you are much familiar with old movies or pictures. 

 

In 1972, this old number plate style was already extinct but still considered legal on cars and large vehicles until 2012 when the UK government decided to phase it out permanently.   

 

Presently, it is a law that all cars must carry two different number plate colours – white and yellow. The white plate will stand in the front while you put the yellow at the back. And, both must carry black characters. 

 

So, what is a significant reason for the two colours? Let’s go into the details.

 

Of course, every colour has its peculiar meanings, but that has nothing to do with the UK number plate colours. Mind you, the primary reason for a number plate is to enable other motorists, and the authorities concerned a quick and clear identification of the letters and numbers on it.

If an accident or criminal act occurs, the number plate is the best aid for the police to get the essential details quickly. That, and a few other reasons, is why the front number plate colour is always white.

Why is then the rear number plate yellow?

If black and white make it easier for people to read number plates, why yellow? That is a good question. But, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), having yellow colour at the rear of the car makes it easy for drivers on the road to be sure if they are looking at the front of the other vehicle or the back.

That mindset is only set to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK, which is why you can’t find any other country using a white number plate in the front and yellow at the back.

In Summary

The UK uses white and yellow number plate colour to make it easy for motorists and other authorities concerned to clearly read the plate’s characters and differentiate back from the front without confusion.

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