Europlate is a worldwide organisation of license plate hobbyists. We collect, photograph, document, and research motor vehicle registration plates around the globe. Our work is published in our quarterly printed magazine and in the Registration Plates of the World section of this website.
We must sadly report that Europlate founder Neil Parker passed away in the early hours of 12th April 2018. Neil, who celebrated his 80th birthday in January, was the driving force behind Registration Plates of the World and the club itself. His ebullient presence will be sorely missed.
A Service of Thanksgiving will be held on 1st May.
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Visit to The Whitewebbs Museum of Transport. Meet at 10am at the Museum, Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, EN2 9HP. I will take you on a tour round the museum showing you the vehicles (and their number plates!) and you will be free to explore the museum further on your own further afterwards if you wish. The museum has a £4 admission charge.
Lunch at Angel and Harp, 16 Church Street, Dunmow, CM6 2AD. If you are going to the visit to P&A Wood (see below), you are welcome to join me for lunch at this pub beforehand. I will aim to be there at 12.30pm. As the pub is likely to be busy, please let me know if you are coming so I can book you a place.
Visit to P&A Wood, Rolls-Royce dealers, Great Easton, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2HD. Woods not only sell and repair modern Rolls-Royces but also restore old ones. We will have a conducted tour of the business. This tour is highly recommended if you are interested in cars as well as plates. Numbers are limited to 20. It is not easy to get to Great Easton by public transport, but we can make arrangements for car sharing if necessary. Meet at their reception at 2pm. There is no charge for this tour. You may take photos on the tour, but you cannot publish them or put them on websites. If you are not in a hurry to get back “home” afterwards, nearby Dunmow is a very pretty Essex village and spending an hour or so is well recommended.
Talk on the British Registration System. I will give a talk on the (very complicated!) British registration system at 11am. Assuming numbers aren’t too great, this will be at our house, 175 Hillyfields, Loughton, IG10 2PW, but if a lot of people want to attend, I will have to hire a room and that will involve a small charge.
Open House at 175 Hillyfields. Pop in for a tea or coffee for 2.30pm onwards. Parking is not particularly easy near our house, so if people can share cars that would be helpful. You cannot park on the corner outside our house and I would recommend not parking too close to the Hillyfields/Rectory Lane junction either. Please do not block neighbours’ drives. Our house is easy to find as it is the one on the corner of Hillyfields and The Croft with a solar panel on the roof. If you are coming from the Loughton/Buckhurst Hill Premier Inn or Loughton Station, a number 20 bus going towards Debden will take you to our house. Get off at Maple Gate (stop past Homebase) and “follow” the bus into Hillyfields and our house is on the first corner on the left.
A meal at the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn, Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 9QH. Starts 7pm. You will be asked to choose your food in advance, but if you are not sure if you can make it as you are coming a long way, do not order beforehand. You will still be able to turn up and eat.
Platemeet at Loughton Club, Station Road, Loughton, IG10 4NZ. One or two volunteers may be needed to help set up the hall at 9.30. Otherwise, please arrive from 10am on. The club is in the centre of Loughton and a short walk from Loughton Station if family members, etc want to go into London. You can take the 20 bus from the Loughton/Buckhurst Hill Premier Inn. Nearest stop is Forest Road. We will be in the big hall at the back—if you are going in through the main entrance at the front, walk straight on. If you want a table, the charge is £5. Tables must be pre-booked. If you are coming by car, please park at the side or rear, not at the front which is reserved for club members.
Drinks, including tea and coffee, can be purchased in the club. We cannot bring our own drinks into the club. For lunch there is a vast range of eateries in Loughton. Speak to me if you have special requirements and I will try and help. There will be the usual auction of donated plates towards the end of the day.
Convention Meal at the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn, 7pm. You will be asked to choose your meal from the menu a short while before the convention. Obviously the cost will depend on what you choose, but a three-course meal is unlikely to cost much over £20. There will be a presentation of awards at the end of the meal.
Routemaster bus trip. Leaves the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn at 10.30am. Cost £15/£10 for children aged 3-14. We will be taken on a tour of the sites of London arriving at Covent Garden at 12.30pm. There will be an official London guide giving a commentary on the bus. You will need to make your own way back “home” afterwards by public transport. The reason for going to Covent Garden is you will then have chance to visit the London Transport Museum.
Visit to London Transport Museum, Covent Garden. This is a major museum telling the story of London and its public transport system over the last 200 years with many buses, taxis, etc on display. It is a modern museum with both adult-friendly and children-friendly displays. Provided you tell me that you will be coming by 13 March, I will do a group booking and get tickets at a reduced price, about £15 for adults and £13 for over 65s (under 18s are free). If you want to eat before going into the museum, there are a lot of eateries around and the museum itself has a café. If you do not want to visit the museum, the Covent Garden area itself is a tourist attraction with a lot of small specialist shops or you are right in the centre of London and can visit other London sights.
Talk on British Registration System? If there is sufficient interest from those who could not attend on the Thursday, I would be happy to do another talk on the British registration system.
Visit to Whitewebbs Museum? If you were unable to go to the museum on the 29 March, it is open to the public from 10.30am. If there is sufficient interest, I could do a further guided tour. Admission £4.
There are three ways to get to the Loughton/Buckhurst Hill Premier Inn:
The best way to pay to use the London Transport system, i.e. red London buses, the underground and the train to Chingford is to use a contactless credit or debit card. If you use the same card all the time, it might be cheaper, e.g. if you start your first journey after 9.30am on a weekday or all day on a Saturday or Sunday, once you have paid a certain amount further trips for the rest of that day are free.
If you do not have a contactless credit or debit card and intend to make more than just one or two journeys on the London Transport system, you are advised to get either get a Visitor Oyster Card which you can buy abroad, or at Gatwick or Stansted Airports (but not Heathrow) or on the Eurostar train or you can buy an ordinary Oyster Card readily in London, e.g. at tube and mainline railway stations. You have to buy tickets before getting on a London bus. You cannot buy a ticket on board.
In London you can hail a traditional “black cab taxi” (they are not always black, however!) by putting your hand out for it to stop or you can use an Uber phone-app to book an Uber car. There are normally taxis available at Loughton and Buckhurst Hill stations, but these are ordinary cars, not “black cabs”. Unless you have severe walking difficulties or a lot of luggage, you can walk from Chingford Station to the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn.
Those staying at the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn can eat in the Royal Forest Hotel restaurant or there is Butlers Retreat almost adjacent. This is slightly expensive but very nice. Alternatively you can go to Station Road where the station is and there is a wide choice of places to eat in that road.
At the Loughton/Buckhurst Hill Premier Inn there is a Toby Carvery, the Bald Faced Stag adjacent or you can take a short walk to Queens Road and there are several more places to choose from. If you go to the bottom part of Queens Road, near the station, there is even more choice, but that is a bit of a walk (or a short drive!).
London is quite a safe city, but like all big cities there are those who try and pickpocket or conduct other illegal activity and may particularly try to prey on tourists. Do take care in busy places like Covent Garden or other tourist areas and on the underground and buses, e.g. put your wallet in an inside pocket, keep bags closed, etc. In restaurants, make sure your bag is not left somewhere where a thief might take it.
The main things to do when you come is explore Epping Forest and visit the sites of London. Adjacent to the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn are “The View” which is an Epping Forest information and exhibition centre and Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge which, despite its name was built by King Henry VIII. Admission is free and both are worth a visit. If you walk (or drive) about ½ km down the road away from Chingford there is Connaught Water which is a lake with a hard-surfaced footpath you can use to walk round it (about 1.5km distance and level). The other main visitor attraction in Epping Forest is the High Beach Visitor Centre at High Beach (postcode IG10 4AF) which is a short drive away (or a very long walk). Basically, however, the best way to enjoy Epping Forest is to just go for a walk.
If you need any help with what to see and do, please ask me and I will try and help you.
Europlate is the trading name of the European Registration Plate Association which was formed in 1972 to cater for those who collect, or are otherwise interested in, vehicle registration plates.
Registration Plates of the World, our flagship project, is our online reference guide. It includes details of all motor vehicle registration plates to be seen on the roads of the world today, and a summary of many plates that are now obsolete. There are over 400 jurisdictions, 800 pages, and 7,000 photographs. Prior to going online, it was published in print from 1968 to 2004. Access is open only to Europlate members. Not a member? Join here.
Europlate Membership is recommended for those interested in keeping up to date with all the latest information both in our newsletters and via our online website.
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The following are the current officers and members of Europlate’s executive committee:
In 1968 Neil Parker had published by Ian Allen Ltd a small book: Registration Plates of Europe. This resulted in contacts being made with others who shared an interest in the subject, not least the several European members of the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (of America).
In 1972 a convention was held in Hereford in the U.K. at which the European Registration Plate Association, or, less formally, Europlate, was formally launched.
Membership has been stable over recent years at about 350, with about 30 countries represented.
From the start Europlate has produced for its members four newsletters every year; edited for the first twelve years by Neil Parker and subsequently by John Weeks. Europlate has also held conventions every second year, always at Easter, alternating between the U.K. and mainland Europe.
The original publishers did not wish to continue with a second edition and thus in 1973 Neil Parker published Registration Plates of Europe and the World financed collectively by members of the Association. This was followed in 1978 by the first edition of Registration Plates of the World, and in 1987 and 1994 John Weeks and Reg Wilson joined the team to publish the second and third editions. Finally in 2004 Neil Parker and John Weeks published the fourth edition, still privately financed by Europlate members.
Meanwhile, in 1999 Europlate was approached by Keesing Systems BV of Amsterdam acting as agents for Interpol (the International Criminal Police Association) and contracted to produce the Interpol Guide to Vehicle Registration Plates through 2004.
In late 2005 work started in building this website. The material for the book is still continuously updated and the text forms the basis for the website. With regard to photographs we have been able to be rather more generous on the website, and, of course, they are almost all in colour.
The name of this Association shall be the European Registration Plate Association which may be, and hereinafter is, abbreviated to Europlate.
The address of this Association shall be the business address of record of the Secretary.
“Europlate” is registered as a Business Name in the United Kingdom under the Companies Act of 1947 under reference number 2212949 with the National Business Register.
The purposes of this Association are to fraternize and promote interest in the collecting of registration plates as a hobby, the collecting and dissemination of information about registration plates, registration systems, laws and regulations relating to same, and related subjects of interest to the members, including the exhibition of registration plates, all on a non-profit basis, except as provided under Article XII.
All officers and committee members shall be Europlate members in good standing. The Committee may utilize, but not be limited to, the following four positions (collectively to be considered as the executive committee):
Such misconduct includes, but is not limited to, theft or misuse of registration plates or of club property, wilful violation of the reproduction policy, failure to complete transactions with other members, or a failure to cooperate with club officers on matters of concern to the club or with law enforcement or governmental agencies.
All officers and members are reminded that they have a general duty to consider the following matters in the exercise of their relationships with the Association and other members: equal opportunities (race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status and any disability), crime and disorder, health and safety and human rights. The failure to treat fairly under any of these categories shall also be construed as misconduct.
Prior to the revocation or suspension of membership, the Committee shall instruct the Secretary to notify the member of any complaint or complaints that may result in revocation or suspension of membership. The member shall have thirty days (30) from the date of the notice to respond to the Secretary with any matters in defence or mitigation and extenuation. If the member fails to provide any matters in defence, mitigation or extenuation within the time allotted, the Committee may act upon the complaint or complaints as filed.
Honorary Life Vice-President. The Committee shall have the power at its absolute discretion, a majority of its members consenting, to appoint a member who has given signal service to the Association to the position of Honorary Life Vice-President. This mark of honour carries, however, little practical benefit except that membership fees shall be waived in future years.
If the Association is dissolved for any reason, the Committee shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Association, distribute any and all of the remaining funds and assets of the Association to a non-profit organization of the Committee’s choosing. None of the assets of the Association shall inure or be distributed to any member of the Association.
To the full extent permitted by, and in accordance with the laws of England and Wales, Europlate shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that he is or was an officer, employee, agent or representative of Europlate or performs or has performed volunteer services for or on behalf of Europlate, or is or was serving at the request of Europlate as an officer, employee, agent or representative of another Association, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually reasonably incurred by the person in connection with such action, suit or proceeding.