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Vehicle Number Plates: Fraud

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 71341, tabled on 19 April 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to protect victims of vehicle licence plate cloning from receiving driving penalties for driving offences they have not committed.

Answered on

24 April 2017

The Department for Transport takes the use of false number plates very seriously. All suppliers of vehicle number plates must, by law, be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Number plate suppliers must keep records of the plates they sell and make these records available for inspection by the police or local authorities. The records must show that number plates have been sold to someone who has proved that they are entitled to display the registration number and provided proof of identity.

If the registered keeper believes that their vehicle’s number plate has been cloned, they should report this to the police who will investigate. Any fines or correspondence the registered keeper receives for offences they are not responsible for should be returned to the issuing authority with an explanation of the circumstances. The registered keeper of a vehicle can also contact the DVLA to request a new registration number if they believe their number plate is being used by another vehicle.