The Friends of Ferguson Heritage Ltd. - Tractor Number Plates.
Vehicle Excise and registration Act 1994
Vehicle excise duty shall be charged in respect of every mechanically propelled vehicle which is used or kept on a public road in the U.K.and shall be paid on a vehicle licence ( tax disc) to be taken out by the person keeping the vehicle Section 5. (1). No vehicle excise duty shall be charged in respect of a vehicle if it is an exempt vehicle; (2). Schedule 2 specifies description of vehicles which are exempt vehicles Schedule 2. 20A A vehicle is an exempt vehicle if:-
a) it is used only for the purpose relating to agriculture horticulture or forestry
b) it is used on a public road only in passing between different areas of land occupied by the same person and
c) the distance it travels on public roads in passing between any two such areas of land does not exceed 1.5 Kilometres Section 21. The Secretary of state shall on the first issue by him of a vehicle licence (tax disc) for a vehicle, register the vehicle in such a manner as he thinks fit. Section 23. Where the Secretary of State registers a vehicle under section 21 he shall assign to the vehicle a mark (registration mark) indicating the registered number of the vehicle. Section 42. If a registration mark is not fixed on a vehicle as required by virtue of Section 23 the relevant person is guilty of an offence.
Registration and Licensing regulations 1971
section 19. Save as provided in Paragraph 2 no person shall use or cause to be used or permit to be used on a road during the hours of darkness any motor vehicle unless every letter and number of the registration mark displayed on the back of:-
a) the motor vehicle if it is not drawing a trailer;
b) the trailer if the motor vehicle is drawing one trailer;
c) the rearmost trailer if the motor vehicle is drawing more than one trailer
is illuminated so as to be easily legible in the absence of fog from every part of the relevant area.............. Para 2 The provision of paragraph 1 does not apply to (a).............. (b) a vehicle which is not required to be fitted with a rear registration plate Section 21 The owner of an agricultural machine shall ensure that the registration mark of the vehicle is displayed either on both sides of the vehicle so that it is clearly legible from both sides of the vehicle, or on the back of the vehicle so it is clearly legible from behind the vehicle, and in either case he shall ensure that the registration mark is so fixed to the vehicle that the letters and figures thereon are in the vertical
Regulation 17. The size shape and character of any registration mark which is required to be fixed on a vehicle by virtue of the Act shall be in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 2 of these regulations. Schedule 2. PART 5
PART 6 ( Agricultural tractors registered before 1st January 1973)
A registration mark to which this paragraph applies shall, except where it is so designed and constructed that it may be illuminated from behind by means of the translucency of the letters and figures comprised in the mark or is exhibited on a plate in accordance with paragraph 8 below, be formed of white, silver or light grey letters and figures upon a black surface and every letter or figure shall be indelibly inscribed upon that surface or so attached to the surface that it cannot readily be detached therefrom, and in a case where the letters and figures are exhibited on a flat plate the plate may be constructed of cast or pressed metal having raised letters and figures. PART 8
PART 9. ........the registration marks displayed on a vehicle shall be displayed on a flat rectangular plate or on a rectangular, flat, unbroken area on the surface of the vehicle......
Since the above was written, the author reports that changes have been made to the RTA; see here