The M.O.T. Inspection Manual Issue Date 01 January 2012 LastPage                     NextPage                     Contents                     Back                     Forward                     Home                      Information Method of Inspection Reason for Rejection 1. Check that there is a registration plate at both the front and the rear of the vehicle, and check each one for security and condition. 2. On vehicles first registered on or after 1 January 1973, check:     the colour of the characters and background     that the registration plates are fixed vertically, or as close to vertical as is reasonably practical. 1. A registration plate: a. missing or incorrect b. so insecure that it is likely to fall off c. letter or figure missing or incomplete d. faded, dirty, delaminated, deteriorated or obscured, (for example by a towbar) so that it is likely to be misread or is not easily legible by a person standing approximately 20 metres to the front/rear of the vehicle e. background overprinted or shadowed with text e.g. vehicle manufacturer name. 2. a. a front registration plate does not have black characters on a white background b. a rear registration plate does not have black characters on a yellow background c. a registration plate not fixed vertically, or as close to vertical as is reasonably practical. Unregistered vehicles need not be fitted with registration plates.   This inspection does not apply to foreign registered, diplomatic or military vehicles. Vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1973 may have registration plates displaying white, grey or silver characters on a black background.    Three-dimensional characters are permitted to use grey edging in order to achieve the 3D effect on any age of vehicle.   Quadricycles must be fitted with a front number plate. A three-wheeled vehicle with motorcycle derived steering and suspension does not require a front number plate. 3. On vehicles first registered on or after 1 September 2001, check that the registration plates do not display a honeycomb or similar effect background. 3. A registration plate obviously displaying a honeycomb or similar effect background. Cont’d Cont’d 6.3 Registration Plates