Celebrity-Style Number Plates Could be Breaking the Law, Says Confused.com

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The cult of celebrity-style number plates has led to a police crackdown on the increased number of illegal number plates in use, says Confused.com.

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With the rise of many unofficial number plate websites offering drivers celebrity-style plates at affordable prices, it is important that drivers realise that purchasing through these mediums could cause far more trouble than they are worth. It is vital to do your homework before committing to any investment, not least one which could mean an MOT failure at the very least, if you are caught.

Incorrectly spaced plates, or those using decorative or italic typefaces can often evade speed cameras and are therefore illegal to use on UK roads, says car insurance aggregator Confused.com. In fact, only the approved DVLA font is permissible, and the number plates themselves must be registered by a plate supplier.

Vehicles with misrepresented number plates could face a fixed penalty notice, with a fine of up to £1,000. They could also have their registration withdrawn, and the car declared an MOT failure.

Will Thomas, head of car insurance at Confused.com, says: "With the launch of the new registration plates next week, we are asking drivers to think carefully about their decision to splash out on personalised number plates; if they are not approved by the DVLA, motorists could find themselves slapped with a £1,000 fine.

"With the rise of many unofficial number plate websites offering drivers celebrity-style plates at affordable prices, it is important that drivers realise that purchasing through these mediums could cause far more trouble than they are worth. It is vital to do your homework before committing to any investment, not least one which could mean an MOT failure at the very least, if you are caught."

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For further information please contact:

Caroline Spindlove                                            
Confused.com                        
07970 136 737

Gug Kyriacou/ Joanna Harte                            
Polhill Communications            
020 7655 0550

About Confused.com:

Confused.com is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it dominates the car insurance aggregator market with a massive 70% market share and generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance.

Confused.com has 68 motor insurance partners, and customers can save up to on average £208. It also has a panel of 45 for home insurance, and customers who use Confused.com for home insurance can expect to save up to £193.

Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more. Confused.com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators.

Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.

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