New 2021 number plates are expected to be ‘incredibly popular’ despite design bans

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The new ‘71’ designs are “highly anticipated” among consumers ahead of them going on sale in May. Experts at National Numbers said the popularity for the new designs was down to the “huge number of combinations” which can be made through the numbers.

Specialists have claimed there will be close to eight million new registrations available to purchase when the new designs are released.

Customers have been urged to register their interest as soon as possible to ensure they secure the ideal design.

Experts at National Numbers said: “This particular DVLA number plate release is highly anticipated and looks set to be incredibly popular in the UK.

“Probably due to the huge number of combinations and words that can be seemingly made from the numbers 71.

“That’s why it’s a good idea to get involved sooner rather than later and register your interest in the perfect 71 number plate today, so you don’t miss out.

“Your best chance of bagging the perfect 71 private number plate is with a trusted number plate dealer.”

However, 71 plates can only be used on vehicles registered in the UK after September 2021.

The current ‘21’ number plate designs are on sale at the moment to signify cars registered in the first half of the year.

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Plates then add 50 to its last number from September to signify cars purchased in the last part of the year and the start of 2022.

But drivers do not need to necessarily own a brand new car to consider purchasing a new registration design.

A recent poll from the DVLA found 17 percent of road users would consider purchasing unique designs as an investment.

Experts at Plate Master supported this as they confirmed drivers could keep a certificate for “as long as you wish”.

Drivers can keep their new designs locked away until they can assign them to a car registered after September 2021 years later.

They said: “If you will not be purchasing a vehicle that will be first registered in the UK from 1st September 2021 (and suitable to display a 71 reg on), have no concerns.

“You can keep a 71 registration on a certificate for as long as you wish.

“Subsequently, you can assign it to a qualifying vehicle at no additional cost since the assignment fee would have been paid already.

“You could secure one for an investment making a certificate ideal.”

However, it is expected the new 71 designs are expected to also ban coronavirus related phrases from use.

Designs such as “COV 1D” and “COV 11D” were banned from the latest ‘21 release’ by the DVLA after fears the design could cause “offence”.

A DVLA spokesperson said: “We suppress any registration number combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.

“This includes combinations that could be interpreted as referring to Covid-19.”

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