I sent a letter round my company one April fools day and it was amazing just how many people fell for it. I even cut and pasted the DVLA Logo onto the leter head.
I attach the text below.
Press release 19/ 66/14PR11/3435: Registration Documentation
Release Date: 12 March 20010
A Review of the “Cherished Registrations” System was announced within the Chancellor of the Exchequers Budget Report 2006 in compliance with European Council Directive EU/000379/AR53W40L3/2000.
A Parliamentary Review Panel has reported their findings to the Treasury and a statement to the House is expected in early April 2010.
In support of this review the Police Commission have undertaken a study over the period 2000 to 2005 and 76% of Registration Plates were found to have been altered from the legal requirement regarding the spacing of letters and numbers.
This situation makes it difficult for number plate recognition devices to identify motor vehicles on the public highway and has lead to an increased level of criminal activity involving motor vehicles. An increased number of road rage incidents have also been recorded as the mis spacing of Registration Numbers appears to incense road users who are involved in traffic accidents and moving road traffic offences.
It is expected that the Cherished Number System will be abolished and a programmed period of change will take place over the next three years.
Registered Keepers will be notified of when they will be required to change their number plates with the new registration issued by DVLA; the cost of transfer will be borne by the Registered Keeper.
Notes to editors:
• the results of the 2000 - 2005 Roadside Survey revealed that there are an estimated 1.55m unlicensed vehicles in Great Britain. Between 2002 and 2005, licensed stock has risen from just over 30m to just under 33m while estimated unlicensed stock has decreased by 19 per cent.
• members of the public can report incorrect license plated vehicles to DVLA online at www.dvla.gov.uk/public/lic_veh/license.htm
• under the new car tax rules, if a tax disc is not renewed on time the vehicle keeper will incur an £80 penalty. This penalty is reduced to £40 if paid within 28 days. If the vehicle remains unlicensed, determined offenders could face a minimum fine of £1000.
• for clamped vehicles the release penalties are high, £80. In addition, a valid vehicle licence must also be produced. If a licence cannot be produced, a surety (£120 for a car or motorcycle, up to £600 for other vehicles) must be paid before the vehicle can be released. The surety payment is forfeited if a valid tax disc in not produced within 2 weeks.