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    Posted: 04 Dec 2017 at 5:19pm
I was looking a another BMW Club on FB. There seems to be a lot of people surprised at being stopped by the Police for either removing the front number plate or even both?

If the reason is to avoid being "nicked" by speed cameras and getting points I kind of get it, although do not condone. But if they are getting 100 pounds fine and 3 point when stopped, if stopped, but are getting flashed many times I suppose its a trade off?

Sadly it is this kind of behaviour that gets legitimate BMW drivers a fairly bad name?

perhaps time to by a Porsche, Merc or Bentley?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dteagles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017 at 9:26am
This practice is not limited to BMW, I have seen many Porsches with the front plate removed, I think the idea stems from the USA where in some states there is no requirement to display a front number plate and people say that "having one spoils the lines"...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Norrie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017 at 9:41am
Oh I see, well I never heard of that until now. However as it is a legal requirement here I have no sympathy for those caught, just nonsense.
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On the subject of number plates/nonsense, plenty of BMW owners (including club members) among others, have succumbed to the fad of fitting number plates with the characters illegally shifted or distorted, usually to give a barely-recognisable clue to their name or car model. Sometimes several additional capped fixing screws are needed to complete the effect.

You don't need to flick through many pages of Straight Six most months to see examples.

Fining a few of these easily-traced owners is surely an easy win for our cash-strapped Exchequer?
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I was stopped on a Sunday Morning on the way to an event, Santa Pod. The Policeman said the spacing was incorrect on my plate. The plate was supplied and fitted by Sytner Nottingham. I got them on the mobile phone whilst he leaned over my car, they told him the number plate was made from a template used by them for all number plates including cars supplied to Nottinghamshire Police, Fire, Ambulance etc. He then said "it is only advisory and I am letting you off with a caution". He was obviously bored and had nothing else to do, I made a complaint to Northamptonshire Police and sent them a letter from Sytner saying the had checked the car plates and found them to comply.

However, I have seen lots of what you describe, so that is the risk the owners take?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gilescooperuk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec 2017 at 7:00pm
Well in the kit car world it is very common.
but then when you look at my car, the number plate is as wide as the nose one so I see why people do it.

Incidentally it is on brackets that allow it to move as it got too expensive getting a new plate 3 or 4 times a year due to speed bumps cracking them....



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Link does not seem to work ?
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Fixed it by embedding the image
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Norrie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec 2017 at 7:09pm
I take you point, however this does not really apply to an BMW Model I know of, but I get the idea.
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Another allied fad is the matter of 'securing' number plates with double-sided tape, so that ego-boosting photographs fully reveal the lines of the car.

While this habit may just be legal in the UK, it is forbidden in France, where les gendarmes will require the car to be immobile until the plates are secured to their satisfaction.  A flying number plate can do a lot of damage.
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