Police in number plate warning

POLICE have warned motorists about altering car number plates.

Officers from Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit are warning members of the public about the consequences of misrepresenting vehicle registrations.

Acting Inspector Keith Kitson said: “We would like to remind all motorists that it is an offence to alter, rearrange or misrepresent vehicle registration numbers on number plates in order to form names or words or in such a way that makes it difficult to read the registration number.

“For example, you should not alter the spacing or use fixing bolts to change any of the letters or numbers.”

Offenders are liable to a fixed penalty fine of £60, or if convicted at court, a maximum fine of up to £1,000.

In some cases, the vehicle registration number may be permanently withdrawn.

If people have misrepresented a vehicle registration number and it is permanently withdrawn, they would not be refunded any of the money that has been paid for it or any other costs incurred.

Police would also remind motorists that they cannot use a vehicle registration number to make your vehicle appear younger than it actually is.

A document, which is available on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency website, provides further advice and information. Document INFO 104 can be found at www.direct.gov.uk.