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Here is Why The Front Number Plate is White and The Rear Number Plate is Yellow

One question that many people have randomly asked themselves without CA substantive answer is why most number plates are white at front and yellow at the rear. This excludes military number plates, Parastatal plates and diplomatic plates which take a different choice of colours. But all civilian number plates in Kenya have a white front number plate and a yellow rear number plates and here is why.

According to the DVLA, having a white plate at the front and a yellow plate at the back is designed to give drivers on the road a very quick way of telling if they’re looking at the front or rear of a vehicle. With this knowledge they can gauge how likely the vehicle is to be moving away or towards their own car’s location.

It's always to help the Driver to easily identify the front or back of a car. This normally tells the front and back to help in directional movement.

White, yellow and black are the two colours the eye must identify as fast as they are seen. And all are plates are written in black. Road Safety is a message of love and only those who have true love will share it with you.

On the road at night, any white light/reflection connotes an oncoming vehicle, and the white reflection on the front plate is no exception. And that is why the reverse indicator on any vehicle is white. And the yellow plate at the rear increases visibility for anybody trailing. By the way, yellow light/reflection attracts more attention on the road. The only exception is given to parastatal and diplomatic vehicles, which get different colours.

United Kingdom

All UK-registered vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1973, must display number plates that are white at the front, yellow at the rear, have black characters and be made of reflective material.

Diplomatic number plate

Military vehicles use non-reflective black plates with white lettering because reflective plates could aid the targeting of laser-guided weapons.

In India.

By having a yellow number plate at the rear and white plate at the front other drivers can quickly assess at a glance if they're looking at the front or rear of a vehicle. This information then allows them to weigh up the likelihood of the vehicle either coming towards them or moving away from them. Remember we are a commonwealth country.

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