In one of many attempts to crack down on illegal, pirate operators, taxis and private hire vehicles will now have blue number plates

The law came into force at the start of August, where the number plates of taxis and private hire vehicles of up to nine seats will have the rear license plate coloured blue, with the characters in white. The front license plate will remain white and the characters will be black.

Vehicle owners will have up to a year to change their number plates, but can do so immediately.

This change is driven by the approval in 2016 following the increase of intrusion and piracy in the public transport of passengers of vehicles. In this proposal, then approved unanimously, the Government is urged, at the request of the collective of taxi drivers, to carry out the necessary actions to, in the shortest possible time, modifying the traffic regulations (Annex XVIII of the General Regulations of Vehicles) relative to the registration plates in order to provide a specific colour (blue) for the licence plates.

Some European Union states such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Greece already have this type of different licence plate.

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