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What Is The Point Of A Number Plate

Aug 13, 2008
Number plates have redesigned the way we can identify motorists in the UK and it can help in many different situations to be able to identify the driver of the cars that are on our road today. The number plate system in its early years was very complicated but in modern times thankfully the number plate is far easier to read and understand.

The main reason why cars now have number plates on them is to identify the motorists that are driving on the UK's roads. Many people can benefit from this including the emergency services and accident victims. For example, if the police catch a car speeding down the street they can call into their database the registration of the vehicle and can then understand who it is registered under and whether the owner of the vehicle has been in trouble before. They can assess also from the database whether the car is taxed or insured as well meaning that the police greatly benefit from the system on catching dodgy motorists across the UK.

Another advantage to the number plate system is that the car is easily identifiable for people that have been in an accident with the car. For example, if an accident occurs and one of the motorists speeds off from the scene, one of the other passengers if they are not seriously hurt can write down or remember the number plate of that vehicle. When the police arrive they can see who the motorist is by looking into their database again and can then track him down to see why he has fled the scene of the accident. This means that the motorist has nowhere to hide other than if the car is stolen and then abandoned after the accident has occurred.

The number plate is also useful for other businesses as well. For example, the DVLA can track down any vehicle on or off the road today in the UK. They can access any of the details from that cars registration and can also check to see whether the car is insured or even registered as on the road anymore. This means that any people that are trying to dodge the system and not declare their car as off the road can be tracked down and given the appropriate punishment. This can be a fine, a ban from driving or even have the driver's license taken away from them.

This means that in this modern day registration plates on cars are critical elements to the way that motorists can be identified and found. Without this system it would be a lot harder for and kind of service or business to track down a motorist in the UK.

Registration plates are also useful today as they can allow a person to see an age of the vehicle and this can help when buying a car. For example, if the plates did not show the age of a vehicle it would mean that the car would be a lot harder to judge on how old it is and this could mean a headache for customers that are trying to find the right car for them.

Overall, the registration plates on cars are a key feature in identifying motorists in today's world and it means that no-one can hide from any details that they have hidden about the car. And with even more complex technology coming out it can only mean that it will only get easier to identify the motorists behind the wheel of all cars across the UK.
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Data expert Catherine Harvey looks at how authorities use number plates to identify all the information needed regarding vehicles and their owners.
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