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« on: June 14, 2019, 04:58:34 PM »

seen a couple of series 2 and 2a land rover without
number plate lights  nixweiss do they have  to be fitted nixweiss
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 05:23:21 PM »

If the tail/stop lamp lens has a clear section at the bottom, that illuminates the number plate.

If not, then yes, it would need a separate lamp.

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 05:45:06 PM »

As Robin says, some rear lights have a clear section at the bottom, 2as I think, all the 2s I have come across the original lights don't have that.

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2019, 05:56:23 PM »

There are 2 types of rear light with the clear window on the bottom ...








Just so there's no argument, my Panda camper has both  stars



Should be an MoT if there is no (working) lamp, and if you have a GB plate, that needs illuminating too.





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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2019, 06:00:28 PM »

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.... and if you have a GB plate, that needs illuminating too.


Now that's something I didn't know   stars

Presumably only if driving outside of GB though   nixweiss
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2019, 06:07:09 PM »

Of course many don't bother - I can't find the rule written in b&w but my French/Italian/Spanish is not good enough to argue the toss vs a foreign policeman filling out the penalty invoice  shakinghead


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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2019, 09:26:18 PM »

‘GB plate needs illuminating.’ Where did you pick up that gem? We’ve all seen those plates in all sorts of positions, but I for one have never seen an accompanying lamp.
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2019, 10:38:36 PM »

thanks now i know  cheers_man
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« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 09:01:14 AM »

Hi,

If you want to be really posh, buy yourself a fret-saw, and cut the letters/numbers out of the plate, then illuminate it from behind.

Legal? Well it was in the 1950s, but I haven't seen a reference to this option for a long, long, time.

Hmmm! I suppose with modern reg plates, you would have to stick the numbers onto a sheet of semi-transparent yellow perspex (with a bulb behind) to illuminate the background but not the numbers ... which probably wouldn't comply with the latest regulations ... unless the light would shine through the yellow plastic.

"Honestly Officer, the plate is illuminated, but you can't see it working on a sunny day!"

Many yonks ago, it was suggested that the reflective plates would obviate the need for a number plate lamp ... the headlamps of the car behind would do it for you. This was cited as a safety feature. But that was then! Probably cheaper (for us) to cut the characters out of reflective whitematerial, and Sellotape them to a sheet of black Formica.

I'll get my coat.

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