Learners face £200 and 6 penalty points for a common mistake

LEARNER drivers can face fines of up to £200 for a simple error.

They could even face six penalty points on their license that they haven’t even fully achieved, if they miss an important step before boarding.

Learners can pay up to £200 for a fine if they make a mistake


Learners can pay up to £200 for a fine if they make a mistakeCredit: Getty

When you Learn to drive you must make sure you display the L plates correctly, otherwise you may break the law.

On it is explained that you can get up to six penalty points for not displaying the L-plate or if it is not the correct size.

Cases of learners driving into the street without an L plate have also been fined up to £ 200 in the past.

You must have one on the front and back of the vehicle, and it should be easily visible to other drivers – do not place it on the windshield as this may obstruct your view and may lead to its own penalty.

Place them somewhere they won’t fall out – and if they do make sure you have spares to hold onto.

The L stands for learner and warns other road users that inexperienced drivers will control the vehicle.

The plate measures 178mm x 178mm to meet legal specifications.

There are also specific dimensions for the red L itself and how far it lies from the border of the plate.

If you want to avoid coming into contact with any hot water that your plates aren’t correct, make sure you pick them up from a legal place – they’re as cheap as £1.30 for a trio to buy from Halfords for example.

If they’ve been on the car for a while then you should avoid trimming them when the edges are a bit worn as they may no longer meet legal specifications.

If you’re sharing a car with other experienced drivers, they should remove their license plates, if possible, while in the driver’s seat.

Are there other panels?

If you’re in Wales you can find some road learners with license plates with a D instead of an L.

Welsh road rules mean you can use a red D, a red L, or both.

The D stands for “dysgwr”, which is Welsh for learner, so it’s essentially identical.

When you have passed your test, you can also get a P license plate for your car.

This is green and will let other road users know you’re new to driving, so they can make sure to give you a little extra space, time or patience if needed. .

What about other vehicles?

The penalties also apply to motorcyclists.

Racer 16 years old legally allowed to ride limited motorcyclists, as long as they have passed a CBT course and then continue to display L license plates on both the front and back of the vehicle.

Even though they “passed the test”, it doesn’t grant them a full license, so they’re still technically a learner.

Ride a motorbike or scooter on a Temporary license, while allowed, but without the L plate can land on pedestrians as well as fines and heavy fines.

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Caroline Bleakley

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