On Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:47:51 +0100, johannes wrote:
Same as it's been for the last thirteen years.
The only way to buy one legally is to use a registered supplier, and to
provide proof of entitlement (V5C, usually) and proof of your ID.
There may be other, less legal, ways. But you can find those on eBay
yourself, I'm sure.
Well I haven't used this service in the last 100 years.
Any recommended registered supplier, apart from Halfrauds?
Plate seems to be glued to front bumper. How can I get old plate off
without damaging bumper?
Barring price, condition (new) and availability. It was one of those
who advertise "Buy it new" on ebay, but otherwise have an established
shop & website. I surmised it was to do with ensuring that I was the
rightful owner of the car... Wonder why?
On Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:42:05 +0100, johannes wrote:
Christ knows. I've never EVER been asked to "prove" I own the car when
buying parts. There is no legit reason AT ALL.
Plates are a different kettle of fish, and anybody who would prefer their
car not be cloned would actually want plate supply to be tightened if
they thought about it for a minute or two. There's a strong argument in
favour of official centralised supply, as in so many other countries.
And that's why there is no car crime in those countries.
Someone will always be able to provide a dodgy plate. Alternatively, if
you want a illegal plate on your car just nick one from another car.
Imposing more restrictions just means things get more expensive - it
does nothing for reducing crime. How many millions are currently driving
cars without tax/insurance?
Care to point me to where I made any such suggestion?
Now :- First you know somebody else is using your plates is when you get
somebody else's speeding/parking tickets through. And you have to prove
it wasn't you.
Official plate supply: First you know somebody else is using your plates
is when you find them physically missing...
Three guesses which is easier to deal with.
And when someone bypasses the official supply the first you know is when
you get somebody else's speeding/parking ticket - no change.
Do you really believe the criminal classes would bother with an official
plate supplier when they are so easy to make? Even with the current
legislation how many illegal plates can you spot on an average journey -
incorrect font, incorrect spacing, incorrect size, number or letters
altered to make a name etc.
All that happens with a restricted supplier is that the cost goes up and
it gets more inconvenient for the average man in the street.
And that's precisely the point. The official supply would not be easy to
bypass. The current one is. It's neither fish nor fowl.
Nope. All that happens is plates is plates. And they're all legit.
TAMIS buys a plate VERY rarely, if ever. He gets a shiny pair on his new
car, and they filter down all the way to when it heads off to the scrappy
- unless one gets broken, in which case it's a rounding error in the MOT/
service/collision repair bill.
Official plates in many countries are pressed metal ones, not as cheap
to print and squash together unofficially (as they are here) they need
a press and the official materials or they would be so easy to spot.
And for the purposes of cloning a photograph and a print on readily
available laser/inkjet stock would pass scrutiny from various roadside
cameras. A photo realistic image printed on stick on plastic would
probably not raise suspicion when viewed from a close distance.
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