For identification purposes all goods vehicles are required by law to be fitted with a variety of plates and markings which conform to statutory requirements, while some specialised vehicles, depending on their use, require additional markings. These legal requirements are to be found 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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