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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.

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2018 Convention Programme

Thursday 29 March

Visit to The Whitewebbs Museum of Transport. Meet at 10am at the Museum, Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, EN2 9HP. I will take you on a tour round the museum showing you the vehicles (and their number plates!) and you will be free to explore the museum further on your own further afterwards if you wish. The museum has a £4 admission charge.

Lunch at Angel and Harp, 16 Church Street, Dunmow, CM6 2AD. If you are going to the visit to P&A Wood (see below), you are welcome to join me for lunch at this pub beforehand. I will aim to be there at 12.30pm. As the pub is likely to be busy, please let me know if you are coming so I can book you a place.

Visit to P&A Wood, Rolls-Royce dealers, Great Easton, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2HD. Woods not only sell and repair modern Rolls-Royces but also restore old ones. We will have a conducted tour of the business. This tour is highly recommended if you are interested in cars as well as plates. Numbers are limited to 20. It is not easy to get to Great Easton by public transport, but we can make arrangements for car sharing if necessary. Meet at their reception at 2pm. There is no charge for this tour. You may take photos on the tour, but you cannot publish them or put them on websites. If you are not in a hurry to get back “home” afterwards, nearby Dunmow is a very pretty Essex village and spending an hour or so is well recommended.

Friday 30 March

Talk on the British Registration System. I will give a talk on the (very complicated!) British registration system at 11am. Assuming numbers aren’t too great, this will be at our house, 175 Hillyfields, Loughton, IG10 2PW, but if a lot of people want to attend, I will have to hire a room and that will involve a small charge.

Open House at 175 Hillyfields. Pop in for a tea or coffee for 2.30pm onwards. Parking is not particularly easy near our house, so if people can share cars that would be helpful. You cannot park on the corner outside our house and I would recommend not parking too close to the Hillyfields/Rectory Lane junction either. Please do not block neighbours’ drives. Our house is easy to find as it is the one on the corner of Hillyfields and The Croft with a solar panel on the roof. If you are coming from the Loughton/Buckhurst Hill Premier Inn or Loughton Station, a number 20 bus going towards Debden will take you to our house. Get off at Maple Gate (stop past Homebase) and “follow” the bus into Hillyfields and our house is on the first corner on the left.

A meal at the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn, Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 9QH. Starts 7pm. You will be asked to choose your food in advance, but if you are not sure if you can make it as you are coming a long way, do not order beforehand. You will still be able to turn up and eat.

Saturday 31 March

Platemeet at Loughton Club, Station Road, Loughton, IG10 4NZ. One or two volunteers may be needed to help set up the hall at 9.30. Otherwise, please arrive from 10am on. The club is in the centre of Loughton and a short walk from Loughton Station if family members, etc want to go into London. You can take the 20 bus from the Loughton/Buckhurst Hill Premier Inn. Nearest stop is Forest Road. We will be in the big hall at the back—if you are going in through the main entrance at the front, walk straight on. If you want a table, the charge is £5. Tables must be pre-booked. If you are coming by car, please park at the side or rear, not at the front which is reserved for club members.

Drinks, including tea and coffee, can be purchased in the club. We cannot bring our own drinks into the club. For lunch there is a vast range of eateries in Loughton. Speak to me if you have special requirements and I will try and help. There will be the usual auction of donated plates towards the end of the day.

Convention Meal at the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn, 7pm. You will be asked to choose your meal from the menu a short while before the convention. Obviously the cost will depend on what you choose, but a three-course meal is unlikely to cost much over £20. There will be a presentation of awards at the end of the meal.

Sunday 1 April

Routemaster bus trip. Leaves the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn at 10.30am. Cost £15/£10 for children aged 3-14. We will be taken on a tour of the sites of London arriving at Covent Garden at 12.30pm. There will be an official London guide giving a commentary on the bus. You will need to make your own way back “home” afterwards by public transport. The reason for going to Covent Garden is you will then have chance to visit the London Transport Museum.

Visit to London Transport Museum, Covent Garden. This is a major museum telling the story of London and its public transport system over the last 200 years with many buses, taxis, etc on display. It is a modern museum with both adult-friendly and children-friendly displays. Provided you tell me that you will be coming by 13 March, I will do a group booking and get tickets at a reduced price, about £15 for adults and £13 for over 65s (under 18s are free). If you want to eat before going into the museum, there are a lot of eateries around and the museum itself has a café. If you do not want to visit the museum, the Covent Garden area itself is a tourist attraction with a lot of small specialist shops or you are right in the centre of London and can visit other London sights.

Monday 2 April

Talk on British Registration System? If there is sufficient interest from those who could not attend on the Thursday, I would be happy to do another talk on the British registration system.

Tuesday 3 April

Visit to Whitewebbs Museum? If you were unable to go to the museum on the 29 March, it is open to the public from 10.30am. If there is sufficient interest, I could do a further guided tour. Admission £4.

Getting Around

The Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn is about ½ km’s walk from Chingford Station. There are regular trains to Chingford, every 15 minutes during the day, from Liverpool Street Station.

There are three ways to get to the Loughton/Buckhurst Hill Premier Inn:

  1. Go to Buckhurst Hill Underground Station and either take a taxi or walk about 1km uphill along Queens Road and when you get to the main road at the top of the hill turn left.
  2. Go to Walthamstow Mainline/Underground Station (it is one station), go to the bus station which is across the road and can be reached by a tunnel underneath the road and take a 20 bus towards Debden. Get off at Stag Lane.
  3. Go to Loughton Underground Station and take a 20 bus from the first bus stop outside towards Walthamstow. Get off at Stag Lane.

The best way to pay to use the London Transport system, i.e. red London buses, the underground and the train to Chingford is to use a contactless credit or debit card. If you use the same card all the time, it might be cheaper, e.g. if you start your first journey after 9.30am on a weekday or all day on a Saturday or Sunday, once you have paid a certain amount further trips for the rest of that day are free.

If you do not have a contactless credit or debit card and intend to make more than just one or two journeys on the London Transport system, you are advised to get either get a Visitor Oyster Card which you can buy abroad, or at Gatwick or Stansted Airports (but not Heathrow) or on the Eurostar train or you can buy an ordinary Oyster Card readily in London, e.g. at tube and mainline railway stations. You have to buy tickets before getting on a London bus. You cannot buy a ticket on board.

In London you can hail a traditional “black cab taxi” (they are not always black, however!) by putting your hand out for it to stop or you can use an Uber phone-app to book an Uber car. There are normally taxis available at Loughton and Buckhurst Hill stations, but these are ordinary cars, not “black cabs”. Unless you have severe walking difficulties or a lot of luggage, you can walk from Chingford station to the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn.

Eating Out

Those staying at the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn can eat in the Royal Forest Hotel restaurant or there is Butlers Retreat almost adjacent. This is slightly expensive but very nice. Alternatively you can go to Station Road where the station is and there is a wide choice of places to eat in that road.

At the Loughton/Buckhurst Hill Premier Inn there is a Toby Carvery, the Bald Faced Stag adjacent or you can take a short walk to Queens Road and there are several more places to choose from. If you go to the bottom part of Queens Road, near the station, there is even more choice, but that is a bit of a walk (or a short drive!).

Safety

London is quite a safe city, but like all big cities there are those who try and pickpocket or conduct other illegal activity and may particularly try to prey on tourists. Do take care in busy places like Covent Garden or other tourist areas and on the underground and buses, e.g. put your wallet in an inside pocket, keep bags closed, etc. In restaurants, make sure your bag is not left somewhere where a thief might take it.

What to Do and See

The main things to do when you come is explore Epping Forest and visit the sites of London. Adjacent to the Royal Forest Hotel/Chingford Premier Inn are “The View” which is an Epping Forest information and exhibition centre and Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge which, despite its name was built by King Henry VIII. Admission is free and both are worth a visit. If you walk (or drive) about ½ km down the road away from Chingford there is Connaught Water which is a lake with a hard-surfaced footpath you can use to walk round it (about 1.5km distance and level). The other main visitor attraction in Epping Forest is the High Beach Visitor Centre at High Beach (postcode IG10 4AF) which is a short drive away (or a very long walk). Basically, however, the best way to enjoy Epping Forest is to just go for a walk.

If you need any help with what to see and do, please ask me and I will try and help you.

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.