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.
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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.
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.
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