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Reunited with the historical JFB 71 registration

Reunited with the perfect plate

June Jones’s car has been reunited with its original registration after 31 years.

Her grandfather bought the Morris Minor new in 1958. The car, registered that year by the Bath County Borough Council licensing authority, bore the registration JFB 71. In 1973, when he gave up driving, he handed the car over to June.

“In 1986,” June recalls, “we decided to sell the number plate to help fund our daughter Karen’s musical career.” At that time, Karen played tenor horn with Bendix Brass Band, along with her grandfather who taught her to play. Then, as time passed, Karen switched to French horn. She attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and when she graduated, she freelanced with the Halle Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. She is now Head of Music at a grammar school in Manchester but still plays with The Royal Artillery Territorial Army Band.

The car was driven around bearing its replacement registration until it was taken off the road in 1994 to be garaged for the next 23 years. June and her family had always rather missed the original registration that they’d had to sell, so they were delighted to see that very number come up for sale with Regtransfers a few years later.

“We put in an offer to buy it back,” says June. “Unfortunately the seller decided to take it off the market, and we were absolutely gutted.”

Following that disappointment, the family looked every week in the newspapers and online just in case JFB 71 should come back on the market. “Imagine our delight when, in November 2015, we saw it advertised again with Regtransfers! We immediately put in an offer which was accepted. So, after 31 years, the number plate has now been returned to the original car.”

Having reclaimed the original registration, time and effort were invested in returning the Morris to fully roadworthy condition. “The car is now restored,” says June, “and we have taken it to several rallies.”

In addition to this new interest, June and her husband, Keith, who are both now retired, spend their time with their two dogs, caravanning, ballroom and sequence dancing, socialising and helping out with the grandchildren.

“Our experience in purchasing the plate from you was very positive,” June concludes. “The sale went through very efficiently with the help of knowledgeable and friendly staff. We have since purchased K1 JEJ [which incorporates the initials K for Keith, JE for June Elizabeth and J for Jones] from you to put on our Mini Cooper.”

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The role of DVLA

Car registrations and number plates, including personalised number plates, in the UK are the responsibility of the Driver and Vehicle licensing Agency, usually known as the DVLA. It issues new registrations twice a year and also maintains the central database that records details of all vehicles licensed to drive on UK roads, along with their keeper and registration information.

Regtransfers works closely with DVLA to complete registration transfers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Regtransfers is a DVLA registered supplier of personal car registrations and number plates and is listed on the DVLA Registrations website. All number plates supplied by Regtransfers comply with DVLA's prescribed standards and regulations.

DVLA administers all UK registration transfers and issues updated registration documents when the registration number of a car is changed, or when a registration is removed from a vehicle and placed on a retention document in accordance with the DVLA Retention Scheme.

DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. Regtransfers is not affiliated to the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations. Regtransfers is a recognised reseller of unissued Government stock.

Number plate regulations

When a car is on the road, it is an offence to display number plates bearing any number other than the vehicle's officially recorded registration number. If you purchase a private registration, you must complete the official transfer process before displaying the new number.

All registration number plates displayed on UK vehicles must comply with the official number plate regulations. DVLA oversees enforcement of number plates display regulations and maintains a register of approved manufacturers and retailers of vehicle number plates.

Regtransfers is not part of, and is not formally affiliated with DVLA.

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