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Does anyone know if those euro style license plates are legal for use in Singapore? Been seeing many cars with them and they look real cool.. thanks!
 

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Does anyone know if those euro style license plates are legal for use in Singapore? Been seeing many cars with them and they look real cool.. thanks!
It's not legal. They look cool until they get pulled over by the TP.
However, you can have one made and put it inside the car near your back windscreen.
They get those from ebay or car forums, just wannabes trying to be different.
 

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Some ppl said yes, legal... while some said illegal, i also dun know... i saw one on a BMW M3... quite cool... even the fonts like in Europe, er, tat i know is illegal... :bsmilie: the plate alone, or with local fonts, i dunno... :dunno:
 

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Does anyone know if those euro style license plates are legal for use in Singapore? Been seeing many cars with them and they look real cool.. thanks!
I think not legal. Quote from LTA,

The vehicle licence plate shall consist of the index mark and the registration number assigned to the motor vehicle. The index mark and the registration number shall be suffixed with a letter of the alphabet, which serves as the official reference. The vehicle licence plate shall be exhibited at the front and at the back of the motor vehicle not more than one metre from the ground in a vertical position so that every letter or figure of the vehicle licence plate is easily distinguishable. No other figures or letters and no design advertisement or ornamentation shall be placed near the identification mark on the vehicle licence plate in such a manner as to render it more difficult to read or distinguish when the vehicle is in motion.

More information at http://www.onemotoring.com.sg/publi.../buy_a_new_vehicle/vehicle_licence_plate.html
 

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The latest trend is to have fantastically tiny fonts on number plates, not only that, squeeze them together!

If the intention is to make them less readable to the various cameras and cops, well, it also increases their chances to being stopped at any time, even if they aren't flouting any traffic law.
 

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Actually, Euro plates can be legal, provided
1) It uses the font compliant to SGP standards. The German/Europe fonts are smaller than that used in SGP and hence illegal. You can always ask the plate maker to make them to the British version or to use legal fonts.

2) Use the right color combination on the right/rear plates.
black (f) & black (r) or white (f) & yellow (r).

I think the 1st fine for non compliance is $70.


Background :

There are actually 2 versions of the Euro plates

Version 1: British Version
This is pretty much a Singapore-style plate (Cos' the fonts are the same) but with the EU flag and country tag (GB in this case as it follows the same style) on the left side of the plate.
The pros of this is that the font and everything is similar to that of Singapore so less obvious to any discrepancy.

Version 2: German / European Version
This essentially is totally different from the Singaporean/British plate as the font type used is not the same as our standard font. So straightaway, your plate will look different from the majority of plates running on Singapore Roads. Like typical Euro plate, they will have the EU Flag and country tag on the left side of the plate.

Here's something pulled out from a local forum

Dear Sir/Madam ,

VEHICLE BEARING EUROPEAN (EU) LICENCE PLATE
FEEDBACK NUMBER: 428818

Thank you for your feedback of 26/10/2006.

2 We wish to inform you that the technical requirements for vehicle
licence plates permitted in Singapore can be found in Rule 15 and the
Fourth Schedule of the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Registration and
Licensing) Rules. In summary, the arrangement of letters and numerical
figures on the licence plate of a motor car must meet the following
requirements:

(a) the letters and numerical figures are 70 mm high, 50 mm wide and 10
mm broad;
(b) the space between adjoining letters and between adjoining numerical
figures shall be 10 mm;
(c) the space between the letters and numerical figures shall be 20 mm;
(d) a margin between the nearest part of any letter or numerical figure
and the top or bottom of the number plate shall be 10 mm;
(e) a margin between the nearest part of any letter or numerical figure
and the sides of the number plate shall be 20 mm; and
(f) where the letters and numerical figures are arranged in 2 rows, the
space between top and bottom row should be 15 mm.

3 In addition, the vehicle licence plates are required to comply with
either of the following requirements:
(i) Letters and figures are white, silver or light grey on a non-
reflective black background for both front and rear; or
(ii)Letters and figures are blackground on a white reflective
background for the front, and on a yellow reflective background for the rear.

4 It is an offence for a person to install licence plates that do not
comply with the requirements. Offenders are liable, upon conviction, to
a fine of up to $1,000 or a jail term of up to three months for the first
offence. Repeated offenders are liable, upon conviction, to a fine of
up to $2,000 or jail term of up to six months.

5 We have no objection to the European Union licence plates as long as it
comply with the above requirements.

Once again, thank you for your feedback.

Yours sincerely,


(SIGNED IN LOTUS NOTES)
NEO KHIM HAN PHIL
SENIOR ENGINEER, VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM
VEHICLE ENGINEERING DIVISION
VEHICLE & TRANSIT AND LICENSING GROUP
LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY
 

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Since a question on license plates..i lopang..hope TS won't mind..

Can those plates with chrome emboss letterings allowed?
 

Sjourn

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we are going into license plate customization already...so i think this is just minor issue...
 

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Thanks to all who replied. Guess it isnt legal after all.

I am actually painfully aware about the fine - was pulled over by a cop in my first car for illegal plates (white in front white behind) due to the fault of the distributor :p

Actually Singapore cars have always looked uglier than overseas ones - always thought it was bcos of the ugly the license plate.
 

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Hope TS dun mind here..

would also like to find out whether HID front lights are "acceptable" on the roads now??
If HID is installed when you bought your car then it's legal, else if you were to MOD it after your purchase, it NOT legal.....

I HATE HID......:bsmilie:
 

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If HID is installed when you bought your car then it's legal, else if you were to MOD it after your purchase, it NOT legal.....

I HATE HID......:bsmilie:
I hate HID too..worse thing is some drivers on HID headlight+fog light??? :angry:
If he/she really got a problem seeing..the driver is not fit to drive at all..
 

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I hate HID too..worse thing is some drivers on HID headlight+fog light??? :angry:
If he/she really got a problem seeing..the driver is not fit to drive at all..
agree with you totally... kanna HID from behind sian.. i can't even see properly.. selfish people.... fog light ok but HID is really a pain ...
 

jeanie

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dont hate HID.

hate those who's cars aint factory fitted with it and they retrofit those aftermarket ones especially when their headlamps aint projector type but the reflector type.
 

jeanie

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those might not be HID but rather light bulbs with a whiter temperature?
these so called 'cheong' HID white bulbs will NEVER be as bright as the real xenon HID.
it's easy to tell between the two at night.
 

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