Metro cops bust in car with fake plates

2011-10-07 09:14
Pretoria - Three Tshwane metro police officers were arrested for driving in a car with false registration plates on Thursday morning, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said.

The three metro police officers - in full uniform - were pulled over in a private vehicle during an operation on a major arterial route outside Pretoria, spokesperson Ashref Ismail said.

The number plates on their vehicle were screened using the automated number plate recognition system, and found to be false.

When asked to explain this, the officers said they were working undercover, Ismail said. Enquiries were made and this was found to be untrue.

They were stripped of their name-shields and weapons and detained at a nearby police station.

Ismail said he could not disclose the location, because the operation - dubbed Nomakanjani or "no matter what" - was ongoing.

In the first 12 hours of the operation 300 vehicles were inspected and 134 notices were issued to those with unfit vehicles and expired licences.

Three "grossly unroadworthy" vehicles were impounded, one of these a minibus taxi which had previously been certified as unroadworthy.

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