Please follow this guidance to ensure you comply with the Display of Registration Marks Regulations (2001) when installing your new number plates.
# Remove the protective film from the face of the acrylic number plate(s) whilst making sure you do not scratch the faces during their installation.
# Remove the screws or bolts from the installed number plates and make sure you keep them for future use - subject to their condition.
# If the existing number plates are secured with double sided tape then use nylon fishing line to cut through the tape at the back of the plate(s).
# By creating a loop around the strip of tape and pulling the loop down with force you will be able to cut through the tape without damaging the paintwork of your vehicle.
# Use the existing number plate(s) as a template to mark the position of the new holes in readiness for drilling the new number plates.
# If double sided tape has been used previously to secure the existing number plates then you will need to measure and mark the position for the new holes.
# Drill small pilot holes in your new number plate(s) with a 1/16” drill bit.
# Drill from the back of the number plate(s) and ensure the front is supported by a block of wood during drilling.
# Increase the drill bit size to cater for the screw or bolt size being used to secure the number plate(s) to the vehicle.
# Check the aligment of the holes with the position of holes on the vehicle and ensure the number plates are installed in horizontal alignment with other parts of the vehicle.
# Secure the number plate(s) to the vehicle using the existing bolts or screws ensuring these are in a serviceable condition, and not heavily corroded.
# In the event that the exising number plates were attached with double sided tape you will need to source suitable mechanical fasteners with screw or bolt sizes of either 10mm or 3/8" in diameter.
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