This topic covers the variety of plates and markings, conforming to statutory requirements, which all goods vehicles are required by law to have fitted for identification purposes. Some specialised vehicles, depending on their use, also require additional markings and these legal requirements are set out in a number of separate statutes.

Failure to display the correct markings on a vehicle, or for such markings to be obscured or in poor condition, is an offence, which may result in prosecution by the police followed by a fine on conviction. Alternatively, the offence may incur the issue of a prohibition notice by DVSA enforcement officers, which will require clearance at an authorised testing facility after repair.

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