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Are my number plates legal?

To be able to legally display number plates on your vehicle you need to purchase them from a registered number plate supplier. You can search for one that is local to you on the DVLA website. Companies that operate under this scheme and can supply replacement number plates to their buyers, in keeping with all of the laws and regulations that they set to ensure that they are road legal.

Some of the specifications behind the manufacture of number plates may not be known to you, but things like the reflective film, and the acrylics by used members of the RNPS (registered number plate suppliers) to make your number plates are supplied by manufacturers that are part of the British Number Plate Manufacturers Association. This means that all of their products conform to British Standards and you’ll encounter no issues in terms of the quality and legality of your items.

The DVLA state on their website that –

Rules for number plates

The number plates on your vehicle must:

be made from a reflective material
display black characters on a white background (front plate)
display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate)
not have a background pattern

Characters on a number plate can be 3D.

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London Ultra-low Emission Zone sets to “tax” most poluting cars out of the capitol

In a bid to help improve air quality in our fair capital, London will be launching it’s London Ultra-low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on April 8th 2019 (this coming Monday). The zone will see the most polluting vehicles charged a “healthy” sum in order to drive in the zone. 

The zone will initially cover the same area as the current congestion zone with plans to expand it to cover the rest of the capitol by 2021. It will see vehicles who do not meet strict emissions level charges up to £12.50 a day on top of the existing £11.50 congestion charge. Its hoped that the zone will deter the drivers of the most polluting cars from the area or force persuade them into more “eco-friendly” vehicles which are exempt from the tariff.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standards are a little confusing but from the TfL website, we’re under the impression that the following vehicles are exempt from the charge.

  • Motorbikes must be Euro 3 (2007 onwards)
  • Petrol cars and vans must be Euro 4 (2006 onwards)
  • Diesel cars and vans must be Euro 6 (2015 onwards)
  • Buses, coaches and lorries must be Euro VI

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UK Car manufacturing crashes to six year low

UK car production has suffered its latest blow as figures reveal that production in Britain has sunk to a six-year low. The figures mark a 15 percent fall in the number of vehicles rolling out of factories last month.

Production in the UK has declined for nine months running according to recent figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

It’s all too easy to brand the production crash on Brexit however, 8 in 10 of all cars make their way overseas, namely China which has seen exports drop by 72.3% compared with 2018. Notably, the EU has seen a similar reduction in Chinese demand which has hit a 30 year low.

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Tesla’s Model 3 instantly tops the EV Charts in Europe

Tesla Model 3

Say what you want about Tesla, they are absolutely killing it in Europe. In fact, in the very first month that the Model 3 was introduced it became the best selling full electric car in Western Europe.

According to Matthias Schmidt, Berlin-based automotive industry analyst, Tesla sold 3,724 Model 3’s in the month of February. This might not sound that impressive until you realise that Model 3 was in fact the best-selling mid-sized saloon, outselling the conventionally fuelled Audi A4, BMW 3 series and the near perfect Mercedes C Class. 

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Skoda Octavia VRS Petrol and diesel MK3 / FL buyers guide <2013

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With prices of the mighty MK3 Octavia VRS becoming more affordable every day, the market for arguably the UK’s best value fast family mover has grown exponentially. 

From the forecourt, the VRS retails around £26k before you bolt on a load of options however, now that MK3s are approaching 6 years old there are some serious bargains to be had. In fact, a few clicks on Autotrader might just toss up a tidy looking example with less than 70k on the clock for under ten grand. That’s a whole lot of car for the money. It also make’s me cry a bit inside considering I paid nearly £22k for mine at 3 months old. 

Obviously, buying at the bottom of the market has its drawbacks, so we’ve put together a buyers guide to help you navigate through the used MK3 VRS market.

This article is very much a work in progress. When I bought mine, the MK3 was only in its second year, now with nearly 6 years under it’s belt we’re finally seeing common issues arise. Please do contribute to this article in the comments below. Tell me what I’m talking utter sh*t about and please do help fill the gaps and add your thoughts.

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Skoda Octavia i ii iii Mk1 Mk2 Mk3 owner manuals Inc VRS

Skoda Octavia owners manual

Since we posted our link to the Skoda Octavia MK3 iii services manuals, we’ve literally had one person ask where they can get the owners manual for their beloved Skoda Octavia. Since we love our fellow “octy” owners, we thought we’d publish links to all the manuals available on the Skoda website for all three marques.

You can view the manuals on line or download them by simply selecting your model year from the drop down list. Kindly, Skoda have also included the radio manuals too. Aren’t we lucky!

Skoda Octavia Manuals

Skoda Octavia Mk3 (5E)
2012 to Present 


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Skoda Octavia Mk III 2013 Workshop, Service, maintenance & repair manuals downloads inc VRS

Skoda Octavia Mk3 3 iii workshop service manusla download free

If like me, you’ve got a beautiful MK3 Skoda Octavia, you’ll know what a pain it is working without the proper manuals. Well, that’s about to change.

We’ve been lucky enough to have sent the links to the full range of manuals for your trusty MK3. The pack includes Service, engine, gearbox and repair manuals to name but a few. In fact, we’ll only bl00dy got 21 of them. 

Since we’ve been so nice as to link to them for fellow owners, please do help the site out by sharing this page on social media for all your fellow Skoda Octavia owners. These types of documents should be in the public domain and you certainly shouldn’t have to pay for a manual on a car you already own.

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