Bikers nabbed over plates

2008-08-17 00:00

THREE motorcyclists from Gauteng had to stay in Pietermaritzburg last night after their motorbikes were impounded by a traffic officer between Church Street and Chatterton Road on the N3 Northbound.

The officer had discovered irregularities with their registration plates. A fourth biker managed to escape.

Speaking about the incident, Inspector G.K. Moodley said: “While coming out of the parking, I noticed four speeding motorbikes passing by. I called a senior traffic officer who was on duty and ahead of me to try and stop them. On stopping them, he found one to be in possession of an illegal registration plate and two did not have registration plates at all.”

Moodley said the fourth biker could not be found as the senior traffic officer was all alone and could not give chase.

One of the bikers had a magnetic number plate, which he stuck on to his bike when he was pulled over by the traffic officer.

Moodley said that the bikes will be impounded until the owners fix the registration plates.

The stranded bikers, who were happy to pose for a Witness photograph, but asked not to be named, were unsure of where they would spend the night, but traffic officers later told The Witness they had given the bikers a legal ride to a city hotel.

The bikers were fined R400 each and were liable for impounding fees of R40 per day for their bikes.

Inspector Moodley said the removal of number plates — in some cases to avoid traffic fines — is a common occurrence, and that Msunduzi traffic officers are clamping down on the practice.

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