What Is The New Car Registration Plate For September 2022?

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The day has finally arrived. The eagerly-anticipated 2022 registration plates are released as of Thursday 1st September 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 “72” plate. There are major changes to what content must be displayed on a number plate for new cars registered from September 2022 onwards, including the following:

 
  • The vehicle supplier’s business name and postcode
  • The reg manufacturer’s name
 

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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 Tuesday 1st March, brand-new car registrations will feature “72” as the age identifier. In March 2023 this will be updated to 23.

 

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How can I get hold of a new 72 registration plate?

 

Essentially you need to buy a brand-new car between September 1st and March 1st 2023. Your new car will then come with a 72 plate.

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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 72 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 72 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 2022 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.

 

No more EU flag on the plates

 
UK car number plate
 

Since the UK officially left the EU on the 1st January 2021, any new car registrations will no longer 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
Image courtesy of Plate-Pal
 

Green number plates remain in place for new electric cars

 

As part of the updates for March 2021 number plates, electric car drivers of models registered after the 1st March 2021 found that their EV was fitted with a number plate which donned green symbol on the edge.

This is still the case for electric cars being registered from 1st September 2022 onwards.

The aim of these plates is to increase the awareness around EVs 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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