Methods of Testing and Reasons for Failure
NCT Registration Plates.
REGISTRATION PLATES Method of Testing
1. Check the registration plates for security, location, format, legibility, visibility and correct colour.
Owners of vehicles rst registered prior to 31 December 1990, have the option of converting their registration plates to the new format.
Vehicles rst registered on or after 1 January 1991
For vehicles registered on or after 1 January 1991, letters and numbers must be black set against a white background of re ex re ective material. The ag of the European Communities, the Nationality Symbol, IRL, and the Irish language name of the City/County of registration to be shown. No other marks may appear on the plate. Any additional tabs, etc. outside the dimensions shown for the registration plate are not considered part of the plate.
Vehicles first registered on or after 1 January 1987
For vehicles registered on or after 1 January 1987, letters and numbers must be black set against a white background of reflex reflective material and minimum dimensions should be as shown in the sketches on page 9.
Vehicles rst registered prior to 1 January 1987
(a) Re ex Re ecting Registration Plates
Front registration plates should have black numbers and letters on a white background. Rear registration plates should have black numbers and letters on a red or white background.
(b) Non-Reflex Reflecting Registration Plates
Front and rear registration plates should have white, silver or light grey numbers and letters on a black background.
(c) Back Lit Registration Numbers and Letters
Where registration numbers and letters are back lit the letters and figures must, when illuminated during lighting-up hours appear white in the front identification mark and either white or red in the rear identification mark. At all other times they should appear white on a black background.
(d) Dimensions for letters and numbers should be as shown in the sketch on page 9.
Where the indented space provided for the number plate is notsufcient to accommodate a standard size number plate, the registration plate and registration letters and numbers may be reduced in size relative to the space provided for the number plate.
REASONS FOR FAILURE
Registration Number Plate
1 One or both plates missing, insecure or not clearly visible.
2 Numbers or letters missing or illegible or incorrect size (see page 9).
3 Numbers, letter or background of incorrect colour (see notes above).
4 Marks, other than those prescribed, on the plate within the boundary.