Metro cops warn of number plate tampering

2012-11-15 17:20

Johannesburg - Metro police in Johannesburg on Thursday warned motorists they faced stiff penalties if found driving with tampered number plates.

"If motorists tamper with number plates, or spray them in such a way that they are not visible, then the driver can be arrested for number plate fraud," spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

Motorists would be fined R500 for each missing plate, and would be arrested if a vehicle was without both. Obscured number plates would incur a R250 fine.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-15 17:25

    Aarto is going to cause chaos... Hold on to your seat belt!

      citizen.kane.35 - 2012-11-16 07:22

      R500,is that all well then its worth it to have cloned plates then isnt it..anything to avoid tolls, even amnesia about my plates

  • kim.buren - 2012-11-15 17:26

    I have just been warned. Damn, I am shaking in my shoes. There is more to worry about in Gauteng than your stupid number plates. FO JMPD

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-15 18:54

      Hey they have to earn their bribes somehow

  • kosmonooit - 2012-11-15 17:30

    Oh yea? Take a look at the plates of your own staff member who drives a white Hummer.

      Klaus - 2012-11-15 18:15

      cop driving Hummer?????? - i am in wrong Job, never mind caucasians need not apply due to racist cANCer polices.

  • kappaj - 2012-11-15 17:37

    At 250 fine every month it is going to be cheaper than paying eToll..... Who is going to stop and check all of these number plates?

  • george.pito - 2012-11-15 17:41

    R250 cheaper than a speeding fine.

  • jason.dutoit - 2012-11-15 17:51

    R250 for an obscured licence plate is far better than any other fine (sor say speeding)

  • brian.cotter.585 - 2012-11-15 17:53

    Mealies KZN

  • Happy Eric Sekgobela - 2012-11-15 17:54

    boring haaaaaaaaah

  • andre.maritz.773 - 2012-11-15 17:59

    How ridiculous! A bigger fine for a mossing plate (which can happen accidentally) than for an obscured plate which is clear breaking the law with intent.

  • Matime KgetÅ¡epea Phala - 2012-11-15 18:01

    R250? is too much at least R100

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-11-15 18:05

    Stupidity...I will now allow for Zar 500 in my budget every month. Still cheaper. Worried about number plates but can not enforce the law and safety on the roads...hiding behind bushes and bridges with speeding devices to justify a bonus in Dec...

  • pieter.willering - 2012-11-15 18:07

    Maak nie sin nie !!!

  • michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-15 18:08

    "Obscured number plates would incur a R250 fine." Still cheaper than paying R550 eToll money. SANRAL will have their hands full and RIGHTFULLY so. People of Gauteng, make the eTolls unmanageable !

      christopher.shining - 2012-11-15 21:46

      Sanral will spend 90% of our etoll money trying to retrieve the money from the etolls.They idiots!

  • malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-11-15 18:32

    Guess number plate theft is going to become the # 1 crime in Gauteng come the introduction of E tolling. That will however be one way of registering your protest against this unfair system, but hey let the registered owner of those plates sort it out, wtf.

  • eugene.klopper.33 - 2012-11-15 18:35

    Man, I wish the same appetite for ensuring that people abide with the law existed for ensuring that only road-worthy vehicles, driven by people with valid and legitimate licences used our roads. And not to mention ensuring that people keep left and pass right on our highways (or has someone surreptitously removed this from our standard driving practice?)to ensure safe, smooth passage on our roads - but, oh I forgot, that would mean our officers would have to stop manning the speed trap cameras.... Safety or revenue? What are the true priorities.... Oh to be a cynic

      kim.buren - 2012-11-15 18:42

      If motorists should obey the rules of the road the JMPD would go bankrupt. They make a minumum of R35 million a month.

      mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-15 20:27

      Revenue wins every time - some to the pocket, some to the Boss and a bit to the Province.

  • anton.coetzee.5 - 2012-11-15 18:53

    A R20 bribe will pay for the officers lunch, that's all they want.

  • Cameron - 2012-11-15 19:08

    why not worry about stopping murders, rapes etc then worry about the minor ones!

  • justsayingagain - 2012-11-15 19:11

    so we go with the cheaper 'obscure' then I guess

  • adam.gardener.12 - 2012-11-15 19:15

    Can we believe what he says, and is it law??

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-15 20:36

    With ettoling system in place,i think il have to get that spray.Can somebody tell me where to purchase that.

      diewitbaas.seplathand - 2012-11-15 22:59

  • warren.mark.92 - 2012-11-15 21:53

    Atleast metro is warning us

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-11-15 23:48

    could be cheaper than the speeding fine though

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-16 07:01

    Okay so your gonna blame the motorist when its a known fact that there are people stealing number plates and getting new ones issued with the same details and then there are two or more vehicles with the same plates. How is this the owners fault?

  • quarty.vanzyl - 2012-11-16 07:59

    I need a contraption like that one shown on TV. You push a button and the number plate change.

      diewitbaas.seplathand - 2012-11-16 16:53

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