Over 150 motorists have been dealt with for displaying illegal number plates during a recent week of enforcement by West Midlands Police.
Officers stopped 155 drivers who displayed misrepresented number plates during the crackdown across the region’s roads by officers from the Central Motorway Patrol Group.
Drivers were pre-warned about the enforcement action of issuing on the spot fines to any driver caught flouting the law with number plates that have letters that been altered, re-arranged, obscured or difficult to read.
PC Mark Bull, from CMPG, said: “Numerous stops led to drivers being dealt with for other offences as well as the misrepresented plates.”
He added: “Officers would like to remind all motorists that it is an offence to misrepresent the numbers and letters on a number plate to form names or words, or in a way that makes it difficult to read the registration number . For example, you should not use fixing bolts to change any of the letters or numbers or use any font that is not standard DVLA approved or use offensive wording or use a registration plate to make your vehicle appear younger than it actually is.
“Anyone with a number plate that does not display the registration number correctly could be fined up to £1000. On the spot fines can be issued by police to drivers found committing offences in relation to number plates .
“In some cases, the registration number may be permanently withdrawn by the DVLA. If you have misrepresented a vehicle registration number and it is permanently withdrawn, you would not get back any money that you have paid for the registration number , or any other costs you have to pay.”
More information about number plate requirements can be found on leaflet INF 104 available at https://www.gov.uk/displaying– number – plates /rules- number – plates
A further week of enforcement action is due to take place during week commencing Monday 9 January 2017.
The Central Motorway Police Group comprises officers from West Midlands Police, Staffordshire Police and West Mercia Police.