‘Black Plate’ Changes
Changes to the rules surrounding silver-on-black number plates were introduced in the UK on January 1st. Before then, any vehicle registered in the ‘Historic’ taxation class (applicable once it reaches forty years of age) could be fitted with black number plates rather than the regular yellow rears and white fronts – but this ‘rolling’ scheme will no longer apply.
The DVLA commented: “Following the change in definition of a historic vehicle for vehicle tax exemption purposes in 2015, an issue was identified in the regulatory requirements for the valid display of a black and silver number plate. This resulted in an unintended consequence where any vehicle over forty years old and registered in the ‘Historic’ tax class would be permitted to display an old-style black and silver number plate. This was despite the law previously requiring all vehicles first registered after January 1st 1973 to only display the yellow and white number plates with black characters.”
Any vehicle built from January 1st 1980 can no longer legally display black number plates, even if its taxation class becomes ‘Historic’. Any vehicles constructed prior to that date already displaying black number plates can obviously continue to do so.