BSAU145e Is Coming Soon to Number Plates

It’s been a long time coming, but finally BSAU145e is on the way. The new standard for number plates was published on March 1st 2018 it should become law later this year or early in 2019. Compliance for the new format is required within 6 months of it becoming legal, so it is well worth you taking note of the main differences between it and 145d.

Driving the changes is the authorities expanding use of ANPR cameras for taxation and law enforcement. Coupled with the digitisation of their records, their setup now allow them to track a vehicles tax, road worthiness and legal status. But to do this effectively, they need number plates that can be read easily by cameras and the software. This new standard achieves that, while cleaning up some of the left over grey areas from previous standards.

Change Highlights

  • Standard Font Only – no 3D, Inline or Carbon versions
  • Supplier Bottom Lines – max height of 10mm, min of 3mm
  • British Standard Number – must be a minimum of 3mm high
  • National Flags – to replace Euro side badges
  • Adhesive Pads – to become fixing of choice
  • Branding – lips and frames are permitted

Our road legal production software LG Plates, will be upgraded to reflect these regulation changes in due course. To comply with the new standard number plates must also perform in near infra-red, which means older printers may need replacing to ensure number plates conform. We are also testing our plate components to ensure we’ll be ready when the standard comes in.

The National Flags change refers to our replacement software images for the Euro badge, which may become non-compliant dependent upon Brexit.

BSAU145e Launch Updates

Further updates on the new standard will appear on this blog over the coming months, but in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact Customer Services or your Regional Account Manager with any concerns. Visit these pages often, or check your email if you have subscribed to our newsletter, for up to date news on the new standard.

Implementation of the new 145e standard has been delayed until later in 2019 due to the DVLA failing to finalise the Statutory Instrument in time for its parliamentary slot. You can read more about the delay to 145e here.

Replacement National Flags are now available via the 2.4.7 version of our number plates software, upgrade now or contact us to get your hands on these legal side badges for number plates – Read more on our replacement National Flags.


We are proud to announce that we have achieved certification to the upcoming BSAU145e Standard, the first number plate supplier to do so. And this reflects our continuing commitment to compliance and is testament to the hard work of our technical team.