Watch: Motorist pulled over for ‘disappearing’ number plates in SA

 ·26 Jan 2016

A new video has emerged showing a motorist being pulled over in South Africa for having a device which hides his registration plates.

All vehicles are required to have two number plates – one at the back and one at the front.

There are numerous ways to avoid being picked up by a speed camera – reflective spray, laser jammers or flipped plates being some.

However, South African law states that it is illegal to obscure a vehicle’s number plate (with only temporary obstructions like bicycle racks allowed), and traffic officials have warned that using reflective  spray or other measures could lead to charges of defeating the ends of justice.

A report by Carte Blanche estimated that as many as 1 in 5 vehicle number plates in Gauteng are cloned -with over 350 variations of legal plates allowed in South Africa.

Metro Police pointed to a rise in illegal plates due to the implementation of e-tolls in Gauteng, in December 2013, a highly unpopular system among motorists.

The video posted to Youtube on Tuesday, shows a shutter type device on a BMW vehicle with Gauteng registration plates. The device is fitted to both plates – front and back.

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