car oval sticker: Article 20, Convention on Road Traffic 1949

Kaihsu Tai made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Transport

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Dear Madam or Sir,

Background: The Convention on Road Traffic 1949 made in Geneva, the United Kingdom being a contracting party thereof and has ratified, provided in Article 20 that:

‘1. Every motor vehicle shall in addition to the registration number display at the back, inscribed on a plate or on the vehicle itself, the distinguishing sign of the place of registration of this vehicle. This sign shall indicate either a State or a territory which constitutes a distinct unit from the point of view of registration. In the case of a motor vehicle drawing one or more trailers this sign shall also be displayed at the back of the single trailer or of the last trailer.

2. The composition of the distinguishing sign and the manner in which it is displayed shall be as set out in Annex 4.’

In Annex 4, the familiar ‘ellipse’ or ‘oval sticker’ indicating the country of registration for the vehicle, is specified.

Request: Could you please provide any document(s) setting out the status and mode of implementation of this provision in English domestic law, if you hold any such document(s)? I could not find such a document on your website, nor on any other Government websites I tried.

Thank you very much.


Dr Kaihsu Tai

FOI-Advice-Team-DFT, Department for Transport

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Dr Tai,

Thank you for the 2 information requests regarding The Convention on Road
Traffic 1949 and Motor Vehicles (International Circulation) Order 1975.
After a brief search, I have located the legislation which relates to the
information you have requested. Under section 21 of the Act, we are not
required to provide information which is already reasonably accessible but
I am not sure if this is all the information you are looking
for. The legislation is available from The Stationery Office (for a
fee) or you may be able to view these at your local public library. (The
Stationery Office: [1] )

Motor Vehicles (International Circulation) Regulations 1985 refers
directly to the convention you have mentioned above. Motor Vehicles
(International Circulation) Order 1975 is also available. Information on
the implementation and amendment of these is available through HANSARD or
by using any search engine.

I would be grateful if you can confirm whether this answers your requests.
If this does not then please give specific details of what further
information we can provide to assist you. Please feel free to contact me
if any of the above is unclear or to discuss your requests.


James Scott

Information Rights Unit

Department for Transport

0207 944 8474

DfT FOI Team
09/02 Southside
Tel: 0207 944 4499
GTN: 3533 4499

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