What Is The New Car Registration Plate For March 2021?

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The day has finally arrived. The eagerly-anticipated 2021 registration plates are released as of Monday 1st March and will feature on all brand new cars. This launch is unlike any that came before it though.

The age identifier isn’t the only feature to have changed on the 21 plates, with electric vehicles (EV) and Brexit all having a significant role to play in their design.

 

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How does the registration system work?

 

Have you always wondered what the numbers and letters on a registration plate mean? It is fairly simple process but one that you can use to impress your friends when the pubs finally reopen.

 
registration plate system explained
 
  • Area Code: The first two letters are regional identifiers and are determined by the area in which your vehicle is registered in. The above example being registered in Birmingham (BA-BY).
  • Age Identifier: This represents the year in which the car was first registered. As there are two new registration periods each year. March’s registrations feature the last two digits of the year, whereas September’s will be the same number plus 50. So the above example was registered in September 2001.
  • Randomly Generated: These three letters are randomly generated and have no meaning.

Every year there are two new car registrations, March and September. From Monday, brand-new car’s registrations will feature 21 as the age identifier. Whereas in September this will be updated to 71.

 

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How can I get hold of a new 21 registration plate?

 

Essentially you need to buy a brand-new car between March 1st and September 1st 2021. Your new car will then be registered in the 21 period and will come with a 21 plate.

Now not everyone has a spare £20,000 in their pocket to splash out on a brand-new car. Thankfully you can get these new cars on finance deals, including leasing with Moneyshake. We compare lease deals on the most popular manufacturers and models and show you the best price on the latest cars, all in one place. So that 21 registration plate is much more affordable than you think.

If you’re set on buying your car, then you’ll be glad to know that many manufacturers offer discounts during the first months of the new registration period to encourage uptake in their brand-new vehicles. So whether you’re thinking of buying or financing, you can often get a good deal during March or September.

At the same time, dealers will be looking to clear their forecourts to make way for the intake of new 21 registered cars. You can very often find great discounts on the previous periods cars because of this.

 
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Benefits of a new registration plate

 

With new registration plates come a new car – and we all notice. The main benefit of having a 21 number plate is that is shows your car is new.

With that new car comes a new you. No different than a new haircut, or a new pair of shoes, a new car breeds confidence. You’ll find yourself driving round in style with every ones eyes on your car and your 2021 registration plate.

 
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As we mentioned earlier, a new registration plate often comes with a host of discounts offered from the manufacturers.

Around the first month of release, manufacturers and dealers will offer discounts on the new cars to simply get them out of the door. So there is a great chance you’ll find an incredible deal in March and September.

 

No more EU flag on the plates

 

Since the UK officially left the EU on the 1st January 2021, any new car registrations will not feature the EU stars on its number plate.

Instead, if you would like a country identifier you now have the option of a UK, England, Scotland, or Cymru (Wales) identifier to go alongside your registration number.

 
EU flag and new available flags for number plate
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Green number plates introduced for electric cars

 

In more exciting news, EV drivers can now get their electric cars fitted with a green symbol alongside their number plate.

The aim of these plates is to increase the awareness around EV’s and show other road users that a greener transport future is within reach. Hopefully, increasing the number of drivers switching to electric.

The new registration plates will likely help to remove a lot of the stigma around electric alternatives. Those that think EVs can’t produce similar performance levels as petrol or diesel may change their mind when they see a green-plate whizz past them.

If you regularly drive through London you will reap huge rewards from your new green number plate. Central London operates as an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and drivers face daily charges of £12.50 if they pass through this zone with CO2 producing cars. Your EV will save you that expense though – so clearly displaying that your car is in fact electric could save you thousands of pounds a year.

 
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