Number plate display

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Typography

In 2001 the new number plate format specified a subtly re-drawn version of Charles Wright’s original 1935 font known as ‘Charles Wright 2001′.

The font was narrowed (condensed) from 57 mm to 50 mm in width to allow extra space for the optional blue ‘GB Euro’ symbol. The Charles Wright 2001 typeface now accentuates the differences in the form of similar characters like a number ‘8′ and a letter ‘B’ or a letter ‘D’ and a number ‘0′ with block serifs, hoped to improve the legibility of a plate from a distance.

This new font was considered especially useful for the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software of speed cameras and CCTV cameras.


 

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