Ahead of the first regulatory changes to vehicle number plate’s VGroup has launched a new division, VPlate.
The launch is aimed at shaking up the UK vehicle number plate market by adopting a new manufacturing process, while also coinciding with the anticipated September 1, introduction of British Standard (BS) AU145e, which will replace BSAU145d and notably focuses on improving the readability of number plates.
VGroup International’s managing director James Nash said: “We have designed and launched a brand new product, significantly enhanced to meet the much more stringent regulations that has some real benefits to the market and end users.
“The manufacturing process for vPlate’s number plates is so significantly different to that currently used and we want to grow the VGroup brand, hence the launch of VPlate.”
However, the exact date the British Standard regulation changes has still to be confirmed.
VGroup International’s chairman Martyn Nash said: “The UK vehicle registration market is dominated by a handful of organisations, but VGroup aims to be different and break that stranglehold by offering a real alternative choice.”
The developments coincide with expansion in the use of cameras to monitor vehicle movements whether through ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) or to manage entry to the London Congestion Charge zone and next year’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone in the capital, use of the Dartford Crossing and forthcoming Clean Air Zones in towns and cities nationwide.
VGroup’s market is typically contract hire, leasing companies and major end-user fleets, whereas VPlate anticipates growth into the franchise dealer, vehicle manufacturer, used car supermarket and motor factor sectors.