As you are aware there will be a change in the British Standard for all United Kingdom number plates.
As the leading manufacturer of number plates in the UK, it is our responsibility to inform you of the background for these changes, the reasons for the change and the implications to your business. We have provided a number of documents which set out very clearly the imminent changes, the actions that have to be taken and what is not changing.
Since the publication of the last standard in 1998, the number of ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras has dramatically increased. Now there are around 27 million “reads” a day in the UK with 1.2 million plates being misread. Authorities now heavily depend on ANPR cameras to police tax evasion, crime and road tolling. This has put an emphasis on number plates being manufactured to the highest quality so that they’re readable and remain readable for longer.
As a member of The British Number Plate Manufacturers Association, Hills can also assure you that all our products have been tested to meet the new e-standard. This has involved significant product and software development and has been in process for a number of years. The tests are extensive and have been carried out by an independent testing house to ensure we meet the standard. Consequently, all products supplied from Hills will conform and carry the e-standard logo as soon as the legislation is passed. In the case of self-assembly it is now absolutely vital that only our components are used in combination with our printing and lamination equipment in order to ensure that the product conforms to the new standard.