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Transport: Number Plates

Volume 692: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What data they hold on the number of sets of registration plates produced in each of the past 10 years for new vehicles and as replacements for vehicles already registered and on the road. [HL3895]

The current estimate from leading number plate manufacturers varies from 6 million to 7 million, with around 2.5 million being fitted to new vehicles, and a similar number being fitted to used vehicles at motor dealerships.

However, the Government do not keep figures for the number plates produced whether for new vehicles or as replacements for vehicles already registered and on the road.

It would be possible to extract data on the number of new vehicles registered in each of the past 10 years and use this to provide the number of registration plates fitted to those vehicles, but this could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What survey data they hold regarding the number of vehicles displaying illegal vehicle registration marks over each of the past 10 years. [HL3896]

The number of vehicles displaying illegal vehicles registration marks over each of the past 10 years is not known.