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Tinted number plates

Postby Josh Mannion » Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:00 pm

Anybody know how to get number plates tinted?

Seen it on a few cars and think it looks smart, but ive just got new plates and there wasnt an option to have them done on the website so i just went for standered ones!

Is there any way i can get them done now the plates are already made??

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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Darren » Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:16 pm

I always thought it was just the same sort of tint you put on windows?

Although (not that you want it) My opinion is it looks a bit pants really! Not because I think it's illegal or anything, I just think it would only work on a 'murdered' out looking black car.

(although it will probably draw some police attention too! Depending where you live)
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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby rickyh147 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:45 pm

I agree with daz mate, not worth the hassle from the police for the "improved" look you get.. Nice clean set of plates looks much nicer IMO
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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Usshuss » Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:22 pm

They look chav. Good if you don't want to be caught by anpr or speed cameras. Bad if police see you a lot.

A lot of people said I'd get pulled with my German style plates. Not had one stop, been followed by a lot of traffic police too. No issues.

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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby R6HNN » Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:44 pm

Contrary to popular belief, if you buy proper tinted plates from somewhere like Autoreg, they still show up on cameras and ANPR. Unlike the DIY tint-sprayed ones, which are asking for trouble, as a police car driving behind you won't see your plate on their MDT/ANPR computer screen.
I've got a tinted front plate, and I've never had any bother. I once got tugged for my illegally spaced rear plate. and the officer pointed to my front (tinted) plate and said my rear plate should be like that... so I tinted the rear one LOL
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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Usshuss » Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:39 pm

Most are spray tinted around here lol. Yes apparently the law states front and back plates should match.

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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Darren » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:29 pm

They look chav. Good if you don't want to be caught by anpr or speed cameras. Bad if police see you a lot.

A lot of people said I'd get pulled with my German style plates. Not had one stop, been followed by a lot of traffic police too. No issues.
Define what you mean by 'german style'?

If you mean pressed plates, then no. They have never been illegal. there is actually no law against what number plates should be made out of.
If you mean German fonts are used, then yes they break the law. As the law states what font the plates should be and the spaces each letter should have between them.


As for tinted ones not showing up on ANPR's. Again, untrue. ANPR camera's are powerful enough to read your reg plate when you speed past at 100mph, a bit of tinting doesn't stop them. What IS illegal with tinting (and the grey area it falls in, no pun intended) is that there is a legal requirement for numberplates to be reflective. There is no defined amount of 'reflective-ness' they need to be though, so it's down to the Police officers discretion. Therefore... it's often just not worth the hassle as that copper who does end up pulling you over will also be the one who wants to have you for your plates. 8-)

Yes apparently the law states front and back plates should match.

What you just said sounds so funny! Of course your front and rear plate should 'match' hahahaha
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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Usshuss » Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:54 am

They look chav. Good if you don't want to be caught by anpr or speed cameras. Bad if police see you a lot.

A lot of people said I'd get pulled with my German style plates. Not had one stop, been followed by a lot of traffic police too. No issues.
Define what you mean by 'german style'?

If you mean pressed plates, then no. They have never been illegal. there is actually no law against what number plates should be made out of.
If you mean German fonts are used, then yes they break the law. As the law states what font the plates should be and the spaces each letter should have between them.


As for tinted ones not showing up on ANPR's. Again, untrue. ANPR camera's are powerful enough to read your reg plate when you speed past at 100mph, a bit of tinting doesn't stop them. What IS illegal with tinting (and the grey area it falls in, no pun intended) is that there is a legal requirement for numberplates to be reflective. There is no defined amount of 'reflective-ness' they need to be though, so it's down to the Police officers discretion. Therefore... it's often just not worth the hassle as that copper who does end up pulling you over will also be the one who wants to have you for your plates. 8-)

Yes apparently the law states front and back plates should match.

What you just said sounds so funny! Of course your front and rear plate should 'match' hahahaha
Front and rear should match the same style. So let's say you have square on front you should have square on the back.

German style I meant by font. I've never had a problem so I guess it's down to the discretion of the officer if they want to be a awkward or not.

Thanks for clearing up the tint issue. Though I think with the film it wouldn't affect anpr. Most of the lads here have got lens tint spray and used that so you can barely read the letters. How they haven't got pulled yet I'm not sure.

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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Josh Mannion » Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:05 am

Hmmmm ill have think!

I read online that there legal aslong as there not too dark and you csn still see that the plates are yellow on rear, white on front and all lettering is correct!

I went to a window tinter yesterday but he said the film for windows wouldnt work as its made for the inside of windows

Think ill leave it for now, think it seems like alot of chew for not much gain.... plus police round my way are bastards!!

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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Darren » Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:11 am


Front and rear should match the same style. So let's say you have square on front you should have square on the back.

German style I meant by font. I've never had a problem so I guess it's down to the discretion of the officer if they want to be a awkward or not.

Thanks for clearing up the tint issue. Though I think with the film it wouldn't affect anpr. Most of the lads here have got lens tint spray and used that so you can barely read the letters. How they haven't got pulled yet I'm not sure.
Sorry about that :lol: I was actually referring to the fact it sounded like you were telling us that the Reg number had to be the same on front and back. I knew you didn't mean that, but it made me chuckle.

On the topic of plate sizes though... again, I think you have been miss informed about plates matching the same shape front/back. If this was illegal then most 4x4's are being rolled out of the factories illegally as they have the usual long style on the front and a square style on the rear. Same applies most (if not all) lorries too and the odd van.

Regarding the font, there is genuinely a law stating the font style and font size, so It's more to do with if a Copper notices in the first place as if they do, I don't see why they wouldn't give you a fine for it as it's a open and shut case.


P.S This is a great thread too btw. Lots of useful info shared by everyone.
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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Usshuss » Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:31 am


Front and rear should match the same style. So let's say you have square on front you should have square on the back.

German style I meant by font. I've never had a problem so I guess it's down to the discretion of the officer if they want to be a awkward or not.

Thanks for clearing up the tint issue. Though I think with the film it wouldn't affect anpr. Most of the lads here have got lens tint spray and used that so you can barely read the letters. How they haven't got pulled yet I'm not sure.
Sorry about that :lol: I was actually referring to the fact it sounded like you were telling us that the Reg number had to be the same on front and back. I knew you didn't mean that, but it made me chuckle.

On the topic of plate sizes though... again, I think you have been miss informed about plates matching the same shape front/back. If this was illegal then most 4x4's are being rolled out of the factories illegally as they have the usual long style on the front and a square style on the rear. Same applies most (if not all) lorries too and the odd van.

Regarding the font, there is genuinely a law stating the font style and font size, so It's more to do with if a Copper notices in the first place as if they do, I don't see why they wouldn't give you a fine for it as it's a open and shut case.


P.S This is a great thread too btw. Lots of useful info shared by everyone.
See I thought the same about lorries and and certain cars. But this what I was told a few years ago by a police officer. He was probably scaremongering or clueless.

Weird.

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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Darren » Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:36 am


See I thought the same about lorries and and certain cars. But this what I was told a few years ago by a police officer. He was probably scaremongering or clueless.

Weird.
Ahh I see! Yes you're probably right! It's surprising how many police don't actually know the laws and sort of make them up on the spot instead. Granted, it's hard to remember them all I'm sure! but to make them up! :roll:
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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby rickyh147 » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:20 am

Isn't anything other than factory shape/size illegal? If it comes with square and oblong that's okay, but you aren't allowed to just replace your oblong with a square?
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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Darren » Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:41 am

Isn't anything other than factory shape/size illegal? If it comes with square and oblong that's okay, but you aren't allowed to just replace your oblong with a square?
Good point

It's been a while since I read up on the rules... but if i remember rightly it's only advised to use factory shape etc. However Taxi's etc often switch their back plate to a square one so that the Taxi licence plate thing they have can also fit next to it which seems to be legal? Don't quote me on that one though.
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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby rickyh147 » Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:52 am

Yeah taxis are allowed to do that, that's for sure. We make a lot for them at work this way
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Re: Tinted number plates

Postby Lozevans » Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:59 pm

Imagestraight out of haynes manual if that helps anyone


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