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Newsletter

Europlate publishes four newsletters per year: on the first day of February, May, August and November.

Each edition usually contains over thirty A4 pages, four of which are in full colour.

Illustrated here are three example pages from prior issues. Click on an image to see a larger version.

We can assure you that the quailty of the print is considerably better than can be shown in this graphic.

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How to Join

Individual memberships include our quarterly newsletter (in print or PDF), unlimited access to Registration Plates of the World for one user, and the opportunity to participate in our biennial convention.

Corporate members receive unlimited access to Registration Plates of the World for multiple users, but no printed newsletter.

Membership is payable on a calendar year basis. To join, select the rate appropriate to you, in the table below.

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To address the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have a Privacy Policy.

About Us

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.

Questions?

Please feel free to contact us at enquiries@europlate.org

Officers and Committee

The following are the current officers and members of Europlate’s executive committee:

History

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.

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Constitution

Article I. Name and Association Office

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.

Article II. Purpose

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.

Article III. The Committee

  1. Powers. The powers of this Association shall be vested in the Committee, hereinafter referred to as the Committee, which shall be authorized to make all rules and regulations for the Association unless otherwise specified, and conduct all affairs of the Association. The Committee may direct individuals and committees to take specific actions but it may not delegate its authority to any individual or committee.
  2. Composition. The Committee shall consist of a President, a Secretary, the Treasurer, and four (4) Committee Members, each of whom shall be entitled to one vote at all meetings of the Committee. The Committee Members shall represent the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, the Americas, and Asia and Australasia.
  3. Meetings. The world wide nature of the membership in general, and the Committee in particular, render the holding of meetings in the conventional manner impractical . Committee business will be conducted by exchanges of emails between members of the Committee, which will be coordinated by the Secretary.
  4. Term Lengths. The President shall be elected by the membership every fourth year to hold office for a period of four years. Committee Members and Officers shall be elected every even-numbered year to hold office for a period of two years.
  5. Nominations. The Secretary shall request nominations from the membership for all elected positions. Elections will take place by means of a ballot paper sent out with the Newsletter dated 1st February every even numbered year.
  6. Committee Members. It is hoped that all Committee Members will be able to attend all Committee meetings. Committee Members shall make every effort to promptly respond to all communication from members and other officers.
  7. Vacancies. In the event that an Officer or a Committee Member resigns, becomes indisposed or is unable to carry out his duties, the Committee shall appoint a member in good standing to serve the remainder of that Officer or Committee Member’s term.

Article IV. Officers

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):

  1. President. The President shall endeavour to attend all conventions during his term of office and to preside at any meetings held at such times, and at the Convention Dinner, where he will perform such ceremonial duties as may be required. The President shall be kept informed by the other officers of Europlate of all matters concerning the smooth running of the association, and shall offer such advice as may be necessary. Any formal communication with other registration plate clubs or other official bodies shall be conducted in the name of the President.
  2. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of, be responsible for, and maintain a proper system of internal controls over all accounts, funds and securities of the Association, and all records thereof. The Committee may appoint other members of good standing, or the spouses of such members, to assist the Treasurer in the collection of monies (it being particularly desirable to have one such member in each of the major countries wherein members reside.)
  3. Secretary. The Secretary shall maintain and administer all membership records of the Association, conduct elections, and oversee the administrative aspects of the annual convention as specified by the Committee.
  4. Editor. The Editor shall edit, publish, determine content and submission deadlines, and mail the club newsletter on a periodic basis as determined by the Committee and provide, or arrange to have provided, any other printed materials required by the Association.

Article V. Membership

  1. Application. Anyone interested in registration plates may join upon paying membership fees. The Secretary or Editor will assign membership numbers sequentially upon application, except that immediate family members may assume the membership number of a deceased or otherwise incapacitated member.
  2. Fees. Membership fees shall be determined by the Committee. The membership year shall run from January 1st to December 31st, unless modified by the Committee.
  3. Rights. Members in good standing shall enjoy the rights and privileges of membership as provided for in this constitution. Among these rights and privileges are:
    • the right to receive notice of and attend conventions;
    • the right to discuss and vote on matters brought before the membership;
    • the right to vote for candidates for Europlate elective offices;
    • the right to run for elective office, and serve if elected;
    • the right to receive, contribute to, and advertise in the Europlate newsletter.
  4. Termination of Membership. Membership may be terminated by resignation, non-payment of fees, or revocation. Membership may also be suspended.
  5. Resignation. A member may resign at any time by sending written notice to the Secretary.
  6. Non-payment of fees. If fees are not received by February 1st of the membership year the member will be considered delinquent and lose membership privileges. Payment of fees for the year at any time thereafter shall automatically reinstate membership provided that the member is not then subject to revocation or suspension proceedings.
  7. Revocation and Suspension. Membership may be revoked or suspended for cause by majority vote of the Committee. Cause for revocation or suspension shall consist of conduct unbecoming a member or that which tends to harm the reputation of Europlate.

    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.

  8. Reinstatement. A person whose membership has been revoked may apply to the Committee for reinstatement. The Committee may reinstate the revoked member by a majority vote of Committee members, upon thorough review of the circumstances that caused the revocation.
  9. Complaints. Any complaints against other Europlate members regarding misconduct or problems with plate exchanges or transactions shall be directed to the Secretary or Editor. If the complaint concerns an unfulfilled trade, the member with the complaint shall write to the other member requesting that the problem be resolved by means agreeable to both parties, and retain copies of all correspondence. If the complaint is not resolved within thirty (30) days, the member shall write to the Secretary or Editor, and send written copies of all correspondence, indicating the problem and how a settlement was attempted. Action shall then be taken by the Secretary or Editor or Committee to help resolve the matter.

Article VI. Meetings

  1. Convention. A biennial convention shall be held at Easter of each alternate year. The Committee shall determine the duration, schedule and location of which, and shall establish specifications and requirements for the convention. The Committee shall make reasonable efforts to rotate convention locations around Europe, the practice of alternating between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe shall not be considered a necessary condition.. The Committee may call for a vote of all members if there is a contention for the venue; and the votes of members may be weighted to give additional weight to those members attending conventions.
  2. Annual General Meeting. The world wide nature of the membership renders a traditional Annual General Meeting an impracticality, and matters concerning the association will normally be handled by the Committee. However if requested at least twelve (12) weeks in advance by at least ten (10) members of the Association, a general meeting will be held during the convention weekend.
  3. Quorum. Members numbering ten percent (10%) of the biennial convention attendees shall constitute a quorum at any general meeting. Any vote taken at an general meeting may be decided by a simple majority of those present.

Article VII. Honorary Positions

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.

Article VIII. Finances

  1. Fiscal Year. The Fiscal Year of the Association shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December in each year, unless modified by the Committee.
  2. Funds. The funds of Europlate and the accounts shall be kept, in U.K. Pounds, and Europlate’s bank accounts shall be maintained in the U.K., except that the Treasurer’s assistants in various countries may hold association funds in local currencies. Funds held outside the U.K. shall be transmitted to the U.K. on an annual basis. The funds of the Association shall be created and maintained by fees and contributions of members. None of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of any member, except as provided under Article XII. All funds shall be used to further the interests and purposes of the Association.
  3. Fees. Each member shall pay fees to Europlate no later than February 1st, of the year of membership year in accordance with the classes and rates established by the Committee. Fees are payable to Europlate in U.K. funds, or to the Treasurer’s assistants in various countries in the denominations of such countries.
  4. Gifts. The Committee may accept on behalf of the Association any gifts, donations, contributions, bequests or devise for the general purpose or for any special purpose of the Association as approved by the Committee.

Article IX. Dissolution

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.

Article X. Indemnification

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.

Article XI. Amendments

  1. Proposals. Any member in good standing of Europlate may propose amendments to, or new articles for, this constitution. Such proposals shall be submitted in writing to each member of the Committee.
  2. Committee Approval. Amendments shall be voted upon by the Committee, and, if passed by simple majority, be submitted to the membership for ratification by means of the Newsletter published on the following February 1st.

Article XII. Publications

  1. This Association shall publish a newsletter every quarter, or as otherwise determined by the Committee, under the aegis of the Editor as provided under Article IV.
  2. The Association may publish under its own name (i.e. enter into business as a Publishing House) books on the subject of registration plates. The Secretary or Treasurer may collect contributions from individual members to finance such publications, and such contributions will be repaid on a pro rata basis from sales. Subject to the legitimate deduction of reasonable expenses, any profit from a publication fund will be distributed to contributing members on a pro rata basis.
  3. The Association may also publish under its own name material on the subject of registration plates as a website on the internet. The financing of such publication may be in part an expense set against general membership fees, members otherwise having free access to the website, or by selling access rights to non-members and institutions.

Article XIII. Interpretation

  1. This constitution shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.
  2. Unless the context requires otherwise, as used within this constitution or other documents applicable to the governance of the club, the masculine gender shall include the feminine and the singular shall include the plural.

Privacy Policy

Last Updated May 24th, 2018

Introduction

The European Registration Plate Association ("Europlate") is concerned about online privacy issues and wants you to be familiar with how we collect, use and disclose any Personal Information that individually identifies you. This Privacy Policy explains our online information practices applicable to the websites available under the domain names "europlate.org" and "europlate.org.uk" (the "Sites") and all Europlate services made available to you on, through or in association with the Sites (the "Services"). We will only collect, use and disclose your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and forms part of our Terms of Service which outline the terms and conditions you agree to when accessing and using the Sites and Services. By providing Personal Information to us, you agree and consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Information as outlined in this Privacy Policy. We may revise this Privacy Policy at any time by updating this posting. Use of the Sites or Services after such revisions are posted will signify your agreement to the revised Privacy Policy. You should visit this page periodically to review this Privacy Policy and any revisions.

What is Personal Information?

We consider "Personal Information" to mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. This Privacy Policy does not cover aggregated data from which the identity of an individual cannot be determined. We retain the right to use such aggregated data in any way that we determine appropriate.

Consent

Unless permitted by law, we will not collect, use or disclose your Personal Information for any purpose without first obtaining your consent. However, we may seek consent to use and disclose Personal Information after it has been collected in those cases where we wish to use the Personal Information for a new or different purpose.

By providing personal information to us, you agree and consent that we may collect, use and disclose such personal information in accordance with this privacy policy.

In most cases, and subject to legal and contractual restrictions, you are free to refuse or withdraw your consent at any time upon reasonable advance notice. It should be noted that there may be certain portions of the Sites or Services that will only be made available to you if you provide specific Personal Information to us. Consequently, if you choose not provide us with any required Personal Information, we may not be able to make available to you such portions of the Sites or Services. We will endeavour to inform you of the consequences of the any such refusal or withdrawal of consent.

Why We May Collect Personal Information

We may collect Personal Information from you when you voluntarily provide it to us in order to: provide the Sites and Services to you and other persons in accordance with your settings of the Sites and Services; improve the Sites and Services; process payments relating to the Sites and Services; provide you with information relating to the Sites and Services, including, without limitation, products, services, promotional offerings and contests (including direct marketing); provide you with support in respect of the Sites and Services; conduct surveys and customer research; meet legal and regulatory requirements; or such other purposes consistent with the foregoing purposes.

How We Collect and Use Personal Information

The legal bases for our processing of Personal Information are primarily that the processing is necessary for providing the Services and that the processing is carried out in our legitimate interests. For example, we may collect Personal Information when you: fill in forms, register or configure accounts or services (including third party services available through the Sites or Services) participate in surveys, tests, or assessments; purchase products or services; submit content or communications, including, through forums, blogs, chatrooms, messaging services, personal web pages or other services available through the Sites or Services (including third party services); select advertisements or content, navigate the Sites or Services, or otherwise interact with the Sites or Services (including third party services); or otherwise participate in the Sites or Services (including third party services).

Our use of your Personal Information is limited to the purposes and legal bases described in this Privacy Policy, or as otherwise consented by you, and we will not otherwise sell, trade, barter, exchange or disclose for consideration any of your Personal Information that we have collected. We take steps designed to ensure that only those individuals who need access to your Personal Information to fulfil their employment duties will have access to it.

When We May Disclose Your Personal Information

In certain circumstances, we may disclose certain information that we collect from you:

Where we disclose your Personal Information to individuals or organizations as stated above, we take reasonable measures to ensure that the rules set forth in this Privacy Policy are complied with and they provide sufficient guarantees to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures.

Please note that there are circumstances where the use and/or disclosure of Personal Information may be justified or permitted or where we are obliged to disclose Personal Information without consent. Such circumstances may include:

Where obliged or permitted to disclose your Personal Information without consent, we will disclose no more Personal Information than is reasonably required.

The Accuracy and Retention of Personal Information

We endeavour to ensure that any Personal Information in our possession is as accurate, current and complete as necessary for the purposes for which we use and/or disclose such Personal Information. If we become aware that your Personal Information in our possession is inaccurate, out-of-date or incomplete, we will endeavour to revise such Personal Information accordingly.

We will retain your Personal Information only for so long as it is required for the purposes it was collected or as required by applicable laws, regulations, or government orders. This period may extend beyond the end of your relationship with us, but it will be only for so long as it is reasonably necessary for us to have sufficient information to respond to any issues that may arise after the end of your relationship with us. When your Personal Information is no longer required, we will destroy, delete or convert it into an anonymous form.

Protection of Personal Information

We endeavour to maintain appropriate physical, procedural and technical safeguards with respect to our offices and information storage facilities in order to prevent any loss, misuse, or unauthorized access, disclosure, or modification of Personal Information. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. We cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or store on the Services, and you do so at your own risk. We also cannot guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, procedural, or technical safeguards. If you believe your Personal Information has been compromised, please contact us as set forth in the “Contact Us” section. If we learn of a security systems breach, we will inform you and the authorities of the occurrence of the breach in accordance with applicable law.

PLEASE NOTE: Your Personal Information may be stored and processed in any country where we have facilities or in which we engage third party service providers. By using the Services, you consent to the transfer of information to countries outside your country of residence, which may have different data protection rules than in your country. Such information is subject to the laws of the country in which it is held, and may be subject to disclosure to the governments, courts or law enforcement or regulatory agencies of such other country, pursuant to the laws of such country. However, our practices regarding your Personal Information will at all times continue to be governed by this Privacy Policy and, if applicable, we will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) requirements providing adequate protection for the transfer of Personal Information from the EU/EEA to third country.

Rights Regarding Your Personal Information

On written request and subject to proof of identity, you may access the Personal Information that we hold, used or communicated and ask that any necessary corrections be made, where applicable, as authorized or required by law.

Under the GDPR, you may be entitled to additional rights, including: (i) the right to withdraw consent to processing where consent is the basis of processing; (ii) the right to access your Personal Information and certain other supplementary information, under certain conditions; (iii) the right to object to unlawful data processing, under certain conditions; (iv) the right to erasure of Personal Information about you, under certain conditions; (v) the right to demand that we restrict processing of your Personal Information, under certain conditions, if you believe we have exceeded the legitimate basis for processing, processing is no longer necessary, are processing, or believe your Personal Information is inaccurate; (vi) the right to data portability of Personal Information concerning you that you provided us in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format, under certain conditions; (vii) the right object to decisions being taken by automated means which produce legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affect you, under certain conditions; (viii) the right to lodge a complaint with data protection authorities. If you want to learn more about your rights under the GDPR, you can visit the European Commission’s page on Data Protection [http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/index_en.htm].

How Do We Gather Data By Automatic Means?

We may use cookie technology, web beacons and other similar devices on or with the Sites or Services to enhance functionality and navigation for our users. Information tracked through these mechanisms includes, but is not limited to: (i) user IP address; (ii) the type of web browser and operating system being used; (iii) the pages of the website a user visits; (iv) other websites a user visited before visiting the Sites or Services; and (v) session information. If you wish to disable cookies, refer to your web browser instruction manual or help facilities. Please note that if you disable cookies, you may be unable to access some of the features of the Sites or Services. Cookies that we use in association with the Sites or Services do not collect or contain your Personal Information.

Internet tags, graphic tags and similar web beacon type functions allow us to count the number of users who have visited a particular web page or to access certain cookies. We may use web beacons on or with the Sites or Services to count users and to recognize users by accessing our cookies. Being able to access our cookies allows us to personalize the Sites and Services and improve your experience with the Sites and Services. We may also include web beacons in HTML-formatted e-mail messages that we send to determine which e-mail messages were opened. Like cookies, the web beacons used by us in association with the Sites and Services do not collect or contain your Personal Information.

Third Party Websites and Services

The Sites or Services may provide access to websites or services owned and operated by third parties. These third party websites and services may have their own privacy policies and are not governed by this Privacy Policy. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any third party websites or services. Third party websites and services may collect, use and disclose Personal Information differently than us, so we encourage you to carefully read and review the privacy policy for each third party website and service that you access or use.

User Communications

The Sites or Services may provide features that permit you to share information with other persons (for example, chat rooms, message boards, forums, messages and other user communications). You should be aware that when you voluntarily disclose your Personal Information using any of these features, your Personal Information may be collected, used or disclosed by such persons without restriction. This may result in unsolicited messages from third parties, identity theft and other harm to you. Any Personal Information that you disclose to such persons is entirely at your own risk. Europlate assumes no responsibility or liability as to any harm that you may suffer as a result of such activities.

Children’s Privacy

The Services are not directed to children under the age of 16, and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 16 without obtaining parental consent. If you are under 16 years of age, then please do not use or access the Services at any time or in any manner. If we learn that Personal Information has been collected on the Services from persons under 16 years of age and without verifiable parental consent, then we will take the appropriate steps to delete this information. If you are a parent or guardian and discover that your child under 16 years of age has provided Personal Information, then you may alert us as set forth in the “Contact Us” section and request that we delete that child’s Personal Information from our systems.

Contact us If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy or your Personal Information, to make an access or correction request, to exercise any applicable rights, to make a complaint, or to obtain information about our policies and practices with respect to any service providers, our Privacy Officer (or Data Protection Officer) can be reached by email using the following contact information: webmaster@europlate.org.