do you know why the front car plates in the UK are white and the back plates are yellow?

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do you know why the front car plates in the UK are white and the back plates are yellow?

Message  gerardM le Lun 12 Mai - 19:06

Hi everyone,

We got a question by Eugene Kaspersky:
... my question to you is do you know why the front car plates in the UK are white and the back plates are yellow?

NB: Eugene is the boss of an antivirus company.

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Re: do you know why the front car plates in the UK are white and the back plates are yellow?

Message  MurielB le Lun 12 Mai - 21:33

Hi Gérard, everyone
http://www.ask.com/question/why-are-number-plates-yellow-and-white
This link shows various reasons one of which is that White may mean the vehicle is coming towards you, yellow on the other hand may mean the vehicle is moving away from you.

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Re: do you know why the front car plates in the UK are white and the back plates are yellow?

Message  gerardM le Lun 12 Mai - 21:52

Hi Muriel,

MurielB a écrit:Hi Gérard, everyone
http://www.ask.com/question/why-are-number-plates-yellow-and-white
This link shows various reasons one of which is that White may mean the vehicle is coming towards you, yellow on the other hand may mean the vehicle is moving away from you.
That's the reason Eugene gave.
The Brit decided that the best couple of colors is black on a white background.
However, a law had forbidden a white light at the back because it was reserved for front lights.
Lawyers said the law was also applicable to reflective white color of a licence plate.
The Brits kept the back on white for their front plate et changed to black on yellow for the rear one.

Read -> https://eugene.kaspersky.com/2014/05/01/a-capital-thats-become-truly-capital/


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Re: do you know why the front car plates in the UK are white and the back plates are yellow?

Message  MurielB le Mar 13 Mai - 6:40

thanks Gérard for all your explanations.

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