Crackdown on number plates

POLICE are launching a crackdown on illegal number plates.

Officers from Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit are targeting the vehicle markings that do not abide by regulations.

The operation will take place from Monday, October 22, to midnight on Sunday, 0ctober 28.

During that time drivers will be stopped about the registration plate for the following reasons:

l An incorrect font;

l No British Standard mark;

l No makers information, such as post code and name;

l Incorrect letter spacing or height

l Incorrect badges, such as football badges;

l Wrong size plates;

l Plates not displayed correctly;

l Incorrectly located screws or studs.

The details of the driver or the owner of the vehicle will be taken by police and they could receive a letter informing them of the law and requiring them to change their plate.

They could also be issued with a fixed penalty or reported for summons.

Acting Sergeant Jason Coverdale, from the Specialist Operations Unit, said: “We receive a lot of complaints about misrepresented number plates from members of the public.

“The operation we are carrying out aims to educate those drivers who do have a misrepresented number plate and it aims to have these changed so that they are then acceptable within the law.”