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Illegal number plates are on the rise

30 Dec , 2018  

According to recent FOI research, illegal number plate crime has risen by an average of 18% across the UK.

Halfords gained data from 49 UK police constabularies regarding the number of drivers being fined for an illegal number plate between 2016 and 2017.

 

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The FOI requests showed that according to data provided by UK police forces, they detected 7,876 non-roadworthy plates in 2016, which increased to 9,031 in 2017.

Several areas in the UK showed particularly dramatic rises. Warwickshire, Dorset, Gwent and Northumbria were the highest, increasing by 179%, 161%, 96%, and 94% respectively.

 

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The cycling and motor specialist retailer also surveyed over 2,000 UK drivers to understand how much the public really knows about number plates . The results revealed that there is a lack of knowledge that appears to be driving a rise in illegal number plate penalties across the UK.

 

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A shocking 98% of drivers are unable to tell the difference between legal and illegal number plate, with 1 in 20 even thinking they can legally use a football club crest on their number plate. Two in five people would even drive a car with a cracked, and therefore, illegal number plate

Young drivers are six times more likely to buy an illegal number plate than those over 45 and 1 in 20 motorists admitted to previously buying an illegal number plate from an unregistered supplier.

 

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The survey also revealed:

  • 83% of UK drivers unable to say what the letters on a number plate mean
  • 77% of UK drivers don’t know how much they could be fined for driving with an illegal number plate
  • 85% of drivers don’t know what documents they need to provide when buying a number plate

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Katie Sexton, number plate expert at Halfords explained more about the research:

The study proves that there is a lack of understanding of the legalities surrounding number plates.

 

With number plate crime on the rise, it is important that motorists get their replacement number plates from a reputable registered supplier, such as Halfords, and are asked to provide proof of identification and entitlement to show that they have the right to use the registration.

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Vlad Oatis-Porter is originally from mother Russia. He works as a freelance journalist for various publishing companies and devours anything tech and car related. He has been a long standing contributor to Team Carwitter and helps keep the site viable.