1. The lettering was incorrect size and font.
The number plate must meet the British Standard BS AU 145d (under uk law) which describes the physical characteristics of number plates, including: visibility, strength and reflectivity. The standard was created by the "The Births Number Plate Manufacturers Association" http://www.bnma.org/
This is clear cut, your number plate meets the standard or its does not. However, it can sometimes take a court case & a BNMA expert witness to convince the CPA that you're right & they are wrong.... (mega £££££, so worth it?)
2. The badge was illegal ie. a rising sun.
He's correct. EU law says you no long have to display those horrible STICK ON country stickers on your car (remember the big white OVAL GB things?). The EU marking on the side of the number plate are sufficient. You can only display the rising sun logo if your car is registered in Japan. If its a UK car, then it has to have a EU/UK or Regional (i.e Welsh dragon) mark.
This is not compulsory for old cars (could be for new) but must be correctly implemented when used. Yours is a UK car & therefore you've not correctly implemented this. You also cant display BOTH rising sun & UK marks, as again your car has not/cannot be registered in two countires at the SAME TIME.
4. The was no details of the issuer of the plate i.e. post code.
Again this goes back to the British Standard (BS AU 145d) which states the number plate must display
i. The British Standard Number (currently BS AU 145d)
ii. The name, trade mark, or other means of identification of the manufacturer or componentsupplier. (The company who actually make the number plate.)
iii. The name and postcode of the supplying outlet. (The 'supplying outlet' is taken to mean acompany whose business consists wholly or partly of selling number plates.)
Unless you have the original sale recipt for the purchase (& fitting) of the number plate on your car, you can't easily prove you are NOT AT FAULT for breaking any of points i to iii. The excuse of "it came with the car" will be hard to justify in court.....I tried this with the copper too during my roadside "stop".
Before I get flamed, yes I know the recipit for the number plate is one piece of documentation that is usually never given to the new buyer of a skyline however most skylines these days are JDM therefore someone imported the car & therefore fitted a UK plate to it.
I've had my front one plates re-done. If I get stopped, I've now got a halfrauds recipts to prove that I'm not at fault for points i - iii £12 bit of paper
there have been literally loads of threads on this subject alone on here, have a search and you will find all the answers.
Not always true m8, legilsation & the British Standard BS AU 145d have since been reviesed. The reply to a thread may have been valid at the time of posting but since a revision is either inaccurate or simply no longer applicable. There are threads on here (& on the 'net generally) that are years or even decades old ('net not SO
). Searching is a good starting place but legal advice is the only real way to go (especially if you get a ticket & want to contest)
Phew, mega post OVER!!! This is just my 2p worth. BLOODY HELL when did that turn into an essay
Golden rule, if you are in doubt get legal advice