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Order Your 19 Plates

Can you believe it’s nearly March? This means that Spring will soon be here, clocks will go forward giving us lighter evenings, but more importantly – the new 19 Plates will be available!

19 Plates From SSH FlexiLease

On Friday 1st March 2019, the new 19 Plates will be available and will apply to any new vehicle registered until 31st August 2019.

New number plates are released in the UK twice a year, in March and September. From 1st September, all new cars registered in the UK will carry the number 69, i n March 2020 it will be the release of the 20 plate and so on.

That means there are only a couple of days left until the new 19 plates are released, and you can order your new vehicle TODAY with SSH FlexiLease.

It’s our mission to ensure our customers are suited with the best vehicle for them. Whatever your requirements, we offer flexible, short-term leasing plans to suit; including brand new 19 plate vehicles.

Contact us today and order your new car/van/minibus/pick-up!

Banned Plates

Did you know – every six months, the motoring body, DVLA, updates its list of banned plates to coincide with the arrival of a new registration period.  The DVLA will remove certain number plates from the roads before they enter circulation, saying that they could be deemed to be offensive or inappropriate. Similarly, certain combinations that can be perceived to be rude or overtly political can also be removed by the motoring agency.

So, as the new 2019-plates are launched later this week, the fresh batch of blacklisted number plates are set to cause amusement nationwide.

This year, they include:

  • BO19 OCK
  • NO19 BER
  • EA19 POO
  • FE19 ATE
  • BU19 SHT
  • AS19 OLE
  • FR19 PLY
  • DR19 GGS
  • CR19 MES
  • LV19 NAL
  • EA19 DKS
  • DO19 POO
  • SH19 HOT
  • MM19 NGE
  • NO19 MUM
  • NO19 NCE
  • HU19 DCK

Previously banned number plates have included:

  • BU62 GER
  • SC12 OTM
  • PU15 SSY
  • DR12 UNK
  • AR67 OLE
  • LE61 ESS
  • AB13 ORT
  • PA12 EDO
  • LU61 FER
  • HE12 OIN
  • BA67 ARD
  • ST12 OKE
  • P15 OFF
  • JE12 KOF
  • TE12 ROR

History of the Number Plate

Licence plates have been around for as long as there have been automobiles. France was the first country to introduce the licence plate in 1893, followed by Germany in 1896, Netherlands in 1898, and the US in 1901. The UK joined when the Motor Car Act made registration plates a legal requirement on January 1, 1904.

The first series of number plates were issued in 1903 and ran until 1932, consisting of a one or two-letter code followed by a sequence number from 1 to 9999. By 1932, the available codes were running out. An extended scheme was introduced that placed a serial letter before the code and the numbers only ran to 999. By the 1950s, this scheme had already hit a dead end. The next successful and long-running format was the prefix registration format.

Since 2001, the number has taken on more importance. It is now the number that has become the ‘age identifier’. These registrations follow the format of a two-letter prefix (the location), a two-digit year identifier and three more randomly selected letters. The year identifier works in this way: in March the number will simply echo the last two digits of the year (i.e. 16 in March 2016) and in September 50 is added to this number (i.e. 66 in September 2016).