What About Imported Vehicles…?
Imported size number plates and motorcycle number plates have the dimensions and spacing’s associated with the list below:-
- Character height to be 64mm.
- Character width to be 44mm.
- Character stroke to be 10mm.
- The spacing between characters to be 10mm but the horizontal spacing between groups to be 30mm.
- The vertical spacing between groups to be 13mm.
- The minimum margin, horizontal, to be 11mm and vertical, to be 11mm (top) and 11mm (bottom) between the side and top of the characters and edge of the number plate.
As the dimensions are somewhat smaller; it allows the overall plate to be condensed and made significantly shorter and narrower whilst still complying with relevant legislation. However, after further research, these dimensions can also be slightly smaller for imported vehicles; please see our number plate article for the smallest legal motorcycle number plates HERE!
On imported vehicles, the minimum margins are actually different – confusing I know! On the, Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001, the minimum outer margins and vertical spacing between groups can be as small as 5mm as opposed to 11mm for motorcycle! However, the bottom margin needs to be a minimum of 13mm; the company name and postcode can also be located within this margin.
Considering the dimensions listed in the aforementioned Regulation, it can be calculated that the minimum size square number plate for a 7 digit registration that is to be mounted on a JDM imported spec vehicle must be:-
2 x 64mm high characters = 128mm
1 x 5mm vertical spacing between groups = 5mm
1 x 5mm vertical margin (top) = 5mm
1 x 13mm vertical margin (bottom) = 13mm
The total height of a square number plate which is to be mounted on a JDM imported spec is therefore 151mm high; BNMA registered number plate suppliers tend to go as small as 152mm to ensure the plates meet the minimum size requirement.