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Affixing number plate

Reg. 48(1) amended by S.R. No. 172/2019 reg. 9(Sch. 5 item 33).

    (1)     The registered operator of a vehicle must ensure each number plate issued by the Secretary for the vehicle is permanently affixed to the vehicle so that, when the vehicle is on level ground—

        (a)     the number plate is at all times in an upright position parallel to the vehicle's axles; and

        (b)     the number plate is at all times not more than 1·3 metres above ground level; and

        (c)     for a motor cycle, the centre of the number plate is at all times at least 30 centimetres above ground level; and

Reg. 48(1)(d) amended by S.R. No. 150/2013 reg. 13(a).

        (d)     the number or letters, or both, on the number plate are clearly visible from a distance of 20 metres from the number plate at any point within the space produced by a horizontal arc of 90 degrees and a vertical arc of 45 degrees, as indicated by the shaded areas in figure 5; and

        (e)     any cover on the number plate—

              (i)     is clear, clean, untinted and flat over its entire surface; and

              (ii)     has no reflective or other characteristics that would prevent the successful operation of a device approved for use under a law relating to the detection of traffic offences; and

        (f)     for a motor vehicle other than a motor cycle, one number plate is affixed to the front of the vehicle and another to its rear; and

        (g)     for a motor cycle or trailer, the number plate is affixed to the rear of the motor cycle or trailer.

    (2)     The requirements in subregulations (1)(a) to (d) do not apply to a number plate for a vehicle if—

        (a)     due to the construction of the vehicle it is not practicable to comply with the requirements; and

        (b)     the number plate is affixed in a way that complies as far as practicable with the requirements.

    (3)     If a vehicle is fitted with a bicycle carrier, the number plate required under subregulation (1)(f) to be fitted to the rear of the vehicle may instead be securely affixed to the bicycle carrier.


Reg. 48 (Figure 5) substituted by S.R. No. 150/2013 reg. 13(b).

Figure 5:     Number plates must be clearly visible from 20 metres at all points within the shaded arcs marked "A".

Reg. 48 (Figure 6) revoked by S.R. No. 150/2013 reg. 13(c).

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Reg. 48A inserted by S.R. No. 26/2010 reg. 15.

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