23.4.2024 | Haulage

Ministry plates going paperless – make your voice heard

The DVSA is seeking views from industry on changing legal requirements to display a ‘Ministry plate’ on a goods vehicle/trailer.

The DVSA is considering changing the requirements for Ministry plates on HGVs and trailers as part of plans to improve services and wants your views.

DVSA is working to make Ministry plates and plating certificates (VTG6 & 7 documents) available to access electronically on GOV.UK. Plates would be linked to the vehicle and trailer record on the MOT History Service (MOTH).

This would allow operators, drivers, maintenance providers and enforcement bodies to view a digital copy of the issued Ministry plate.

If this change is made, there would be no legal requirement to fit a Ministry plate to vehicles. This change would also remove the requirement to purchase and replace plates when they are lost, faded, or defaced.

Ministry plates are documents that show important information such as serial number, year of manufacture, vehicle dimensions and more. The law requires a Ministry plate on HGVs and trailers in a visible and accessible position.

DVSA supports the proposed change, saying, “This change would remove the requirement to purchase and replace plates when they are lost, faded, or defaced.

Presenting the information digitally means that consideration could be given to reducing the cost to the industry brought about by affixing the Ministry plate to vehicles.”

You can find the survey here.
The survey closes on Sunday, 5 May.