David Jamieson, police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands region, called number plate cloning a “very considerable problem.”
He said: “We’re seeing thousands of plates being stolen just in the West Midlands – Merseyside, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire are seeing huge rises as well.”
Mr Jamieson called it “ludicrous” that cars are still being made where plates can be taken off with ease, although acknowledged government cuts had played a part in the rise of cases.
He added: “The number of police officers we have, especially on car patrol, has reduced and you cannot do everything.”
If you’re getting accused of offences you haven’t committed and are worried your number plate has been cloned, you should:
- Contact the organisation issuing the fines or penalty points and explain your situation.
- Contact both the police and the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and inform them you think your number plate has been cloned, providing all information you can.
If you’re buying a used car and want to check the number plate on the vehicle is legitimate, you should:
- Look out for any signs that the car’s paperwork has missing information or has been tampered with, such as missing pages and altered details.
- Check the serial number and DVLA watermark on the vehicle’s V5 logbook, and check the numbers in the logbook correspond to those etched onto the vehicle itself.
Article courtesy of RAC.