L Plate Guidelines

L and P Plate Laws and Rules

L plates are an important requirement when learning to drive as they ensure other road users are aware that you may be a less experienced driver. Insight meets all your legal requirements with its easy fitting whilst increasing other users awareness of the learner driver. Below are some of the L and P plate laws and rules you need to be aware of when purchasing your L plates:

1. Do I have to display L plates?

It is a legal requirement for learners driving a vehicle to display L plates at all times.  Failure to display an L plate, or an L plate that is the incorrect size, can result in you receiving up to six penalty points on your driving licence. Insight ensures that you meet all legal requirements and because of its high fitting location it is clearly visible from the front and rear to all road users in any traffic condition.

2. What size should my L plates be?

By law, an L plate must be a red letter on a white background and the size outlined in the diagram below:

L and P Plate Laws and Rules

Please note: The corners of the background can be rounded off.

3. When should I display my L plates?

Any vehicle driven by a learner must display red L plates at all times.

4. Where should my L plates be fitted?

The L plates must be clearly visible to other road users from in front and behind the vehicle.

5. When should I remove my L plates?

L plates should only be displayed when the vehicle is being driven by a learner driver. When not in use by a learner, the L plates must be covered or removed. Insight clips onto the car window so it is easily removed when not required to ensure you comply with this legal requirement. This does not apply to driving school cars.

6. Are P plates a legal requirement?

Unlike L plates, it is not a legal requirement for drivers to display green ‘probationary’ P plates. P plates can voluntarily be displayed to show that you have just passed your driving test. You can display P plates on your vehicle for as long as you like. Insight is sold with both L and P stickers included.

7. Where should I display my P plates?

Like L plates, green P plates must be clearly visible to others from in front and behind of your vehicle ensuring they are not obstructing your visibility. Insight fits securely onto the window to ensure visibility from the front and rear of car. This position ensures the L plates can be seen clearly from a distance. Having successfully passed your test you can replace your Insight L plate with the P sticker provided in your pack.

Learn more about red L plate and green P plate laws, rules and regulations on gov.uk, and The Highway Code.

Source: Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

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