The government yesterday doubled the fixed penalty notice for using illegal number plates on a vehicle to lb60, from lb30, stating that the use of illegal number plates can have a significant impact on criminal investigations and crime detection. It is hoped that enforcing an increase in the fine will stop drivers evading speed-camera fines.
Vehicle number plates must conform to specific rules for font, size and colour displayed on the number plate. If the plate deviates from the standard design for a number plate, it can be more difficult to detect the registration number using camera recognition.
The move comes along with a crackdown on those not wearing seatbelts in a vehicle, who also face on the spot fines of lb60.
Road Safety Minister Paul Clark said: “Every day someone dies because they do not think they always need to use a seat belt. This tragic waste could be avoided if everyone took the simple step of belting up every time they got in a car”.