Many police forces have reported significant increases in the theft of number plates from the roadside. Over recent years it has been increasingly difficult to obtain number plates without documentation for the vehicle they are for.
For the past few years number plate makers have had to be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). The Register of Number Plate Suppliers (R.N.P.S) now covers England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. All replacement number plate suppliers have to check the identity of the purchaser and that they have a legitimate connection with the vehicle the number plates are for. There is a list of acceptable documents that can be used to validate the entitlement to the registration number.
The theft of number plates has increased sharply. In 2007 40,000 number plates were stolen nationally. The stolen number plates have been used for different criminal activities including:
- Driving away from petrol stations without paying (‘bilking’).
- Dodging the London congestion charge.
- Evading speed camera fines.
Rising fuel prices is likely to see a further increase in stolen number plates, forcing demand for replacement number plates by the victims of this crime.
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