MOTORISTS are being warned about the use of illegal number plates as West Midlands Police state drivers could face fines of up to £1,000.
Officers will be issuing on-the-spot fines to any driver caught displaying misrepresented vehicle registration plates.
Plates displaying numbers and letters that have been altered, re-arranged, obscured or are difficult to read are illegal as they stop the vehicle being readily identified.
The crackdown started on Monday, November 7 – and officers from the Central Motorway Patrol Group have already commenced a week long enforcement campaign across the region’s roads and motorways.
PC Mark Bull from CMPG said vehicle users should not use fixing bolts to change any of the letters or numbers or use a font that is not standard DVLA approved.
He said: “Anyone with a number plate that does not display the registration number correctly could be fined up to £1000.
“On the spot fines can be issued by police to drivers found committing offences in relation to number plates.
“In some cases, the registration number may be permanently withdrawn by the DVLA.
“If you have misrepresented a vehicle registration number and it is permanently withdrawn, you would not get back any money that you have paid for the registration number – or any other costs you have to pay.”
Visit www.gov.uk for further information about number plate requirements.