Trade Plate Rules - The Complete Guide

What are trade plates used for?

Trade plates remove the need for a vehicle to be registered or taxed while being used on public roads. They are used frequently in many jobs in the Motor Trade Industry that require other people’s vehicles to be delivered or collected for testing, repair, or modification also during a test drive for a prospective purchaser. Trade plates remove the need to register and tax every vehicle temporarily in your possession.


How do trade plates work?

Trade plates are number plates issued by the DVLA to temporarily be used on unlicensed and untaxed cars.

You need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for a trade licence form VTL301. Trade licences last for 6 or 12 months and expire on 30th June or 31st December. First-time applicants can get 7-to-11-month licences.


How to display trade plates?

Full guidance on how to correctly display trade plates can be found by clicking here.

Trade plates should not be displayed in any other position on a vehicle – for example, it is not possible for the original registration plates to be obscured and the trade plates to subsequently be displayed in the front windscreen of a vehicle.


What are the rules?

Trade plates must be used solely for the business purposes they were issued for. 

It is illegal to use more than one vehicle under a trade licence at any one time, and to keep a vehicle on a road when not in use except in certain emergency situations.

The penalty for misusing trade plates is a maximum fine of £5,000 and a possible prison term not exceeding two years for fraudulent alteration or use of trade plates.


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