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    Covering EU Sign on Number Plate 'No Offense' But 'Ill-Advised' - UK Lawyer

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    As UK test the waters of its soon-to-be freedom from the EU, questions are arising over what will happened with car number plates with European Union markings.

    With the introduction of new registration numbers coming out in September, no one knows quite what to expect this year.

    ​This is the latest in a long list of Brexit unknowns which have come as a surprise following Britain's decision to leave the union.

    ​Some motorists have decided to cover up their EU markings; however those who do, could face fines or even prosecution. 

    Covering up the EU markings is seen as violating the specific registration requirements. Some motorists have started to use duct tape, which could create a glare, or black tape that could be confused for a number.

    ​This has been confirmed by Alex Garner, road traffic law specialist, who said that covering the license plate is illegal:

    "Any attempt to cover up part of the registration number itself would be an offense. So while covering up the EU part of the number plate isn't in itself an offense, in general tampering with a number plate is very ill-advised," Garner said in a statement. 

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