Understanding the Transition from BSAU145d to BSAU145e Standards

Understanding the Transition from BSAU145d to BSAU145e Standards

The evolution of number plate standards from BSAU145d to BSAU145e marks a significant shift in the automotive industry, primarily aimed at enhancing the efficiency of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems across the UK. This section aims to demystify the changes introduced and address common questions for those still using plates compliant with the older standard.


Key Changes with BSAU145e

  • Reflectivity and Visibility: One of the principal updates in the BSAU145e standard focuses on the reflectivity and background contrast of the number plates. This change ensures that plates are more readable under different lighting conditions, thereby improving ANPR system accuracy.

  • Material Durability: The new standard mandates the use of materials that are more resistant to wear, ensuring that plates remain readable throughout their lifespan.

  • Font and Size: While the BSAU145d standard was less stringent about font style and size, BSAU145e specifies a uniform font ('Charles Wright') and size, further aiding in the readability for ANPR systems.


FAQs for Owners of BSAU145d Plates

  • Can I still use my BSAU145d plate?
    Yes, if your plate was fitted on your vehicle before the introduction of the BSAU145e standard in September 2021, you can continue to use it. However, any new plates manufactured must comply with the BSAU145e specifications.
  • What if my BSAU145d plate is damaged or faded?
    Should your existing plate show signs of wear or damage, making it potentially unreadable by ANPR systems, it's advisable to replace it with a plate that meets the BSAU145e standards to avoid any legal issues.
  • Will ANPR systems recognise my old BSAU145d plate?
    While most ANPR systems have been updated to accommodate plates meeting the BSAU145e standards, they are generally still capable of recognising older plates. However, if your plate is significantly worn or does not meet the visibility requirements due to damage, you may encounter issues.



Transitioning to BSAU145e Compliant Plates

For those considering updating to new plates that comply with the current BSAU145e standards, Legal Show Plates offers a range of number plate options. Our plates not only adhere to the latest regulations but also provide an opportunity for personalisation without compromising on legal requirements or functionality with ANPR systems.

The shift from BSAU145d to BSAU145e standards represents the automotive industry's ongoing efforts to enhance road safety and efficiency through improved vehicle identification. By choosing plates that comply with these latest standards, vehicle owners can ensure they are contributing positively to these efforts while experiencing minimal disruption to their use of ANPR-dependent services.


Our Range of Number Plates Options

At Legal Show Plates, we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of custom number plate options to cater to every driver's unique taste and vehicle aesthetics. Our selection includes:

  • Standard Black Plates: For those who prefer a classic and timeless look, our standard black plates provide an elegant finish to any vehicle.

  • Colour Badged Plates: Perfect for adding a splash of colour and personalisation, our colour badged plates allow you to showcase your affiliation or personality boldly.

  • 3D Gel Plates: Elevate your vehicle's appearance with our 3D gel plates that offer a raised effect, giving depth and a distinctive look.

  • 4D Plates 3mm: Our 4D plates with a 3mm thickness present a modern and sleek appearance, ensuring your number plate stands out with its crisp, clean lines.

  • 4D Plates 5mm: For an even more pronounced effect, opt for our 5mm thick 4D plates. These plates make a statement with their bold and raised characters.

  • 4D Gel Plates: Combining the depth of 4D plates with the sleek finish of gel coating, our 4D gel plates are the epitome of style and sophistication.


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