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Vehicle Number Plates: Theft

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential contribution of mandatory use of tamper-proof number plates to the reduction of vehicle registration plate theft; and if she will make a statement. (156231)

In February 2006 the DVLA adopted a voluntary standard for theft resistant number plates to provide consumers with an assurance that products meeting the standard had been subject to rigorous testing. The standard is supported by the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

Officials from the Department have been in discussion with representatives of ACPO and the leading number plate manufacturers about the possibility of making theft resistant plates mandatory. It is recognised that the higher cost of theft resistant plates would impose a financial burden on industry and the general public and it will be necessary to draw up and evaluate an impact assessment before making a decision on whether to proceed further. There would also be a public consultation before any decision was made.