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Registration Plates (8062_19)


The request is specific to your police force and regards illegal vehicle number plates.

  1. Please provide me with the number of offences recorded by your police force for motorists who had missing or obscured number plates, or number plates with illegal spacing/characters/font/coloured-screws etc. Please provide this data for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014, breaking the results down year-by-year.
  2. Please also inform me if your constabulary has an official position on this issue. I have been told officers in some forces will not investigate reports of illegal number plates from members of the public due to a lack of resources and manpower. Please confirm what you force’s position is for pulling over motorists with/responding to reports of/issuing penalties for illegal number plates.


Q1 – Please see attached (8062_19_attachment_01.pdf.)

Q2 – No information held

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.