DO NOT WASH YOUR CAR TO AVOID FINES FROM BIG BROTHER
A record spike in drivers intentionally altering their plates has prompted a dramatic fine increase.
West Australians who deliberately obscure their number plates risk a $1000 fine, up from the current $50 penalty.
Acting police minister John Day said on Sunday that a record spike in drivers intentionally altering their plates had prompted the dramatic fine increase.
Mr Day said the most likely reason for the spike was hoon drivers trying to prevent detection from speed and red-light cameras.
“They could also have outstanding warrants, not have a licence or be part of an organised crime syndicate and want to deliberately avoid detection,” Mr Day said.
Mr Day said drivers were installing flipping mechanisms, remote controlled shutters, using protective films and bending the corners of plates to avoid getting caught.
Opposition spokeswoman for police Michelle Roberts said while she welcomed the fine, the government had been slow to introduce a meaningful deterrent for a problem raised years ago.
A spokeswoman for Mr Day said the fine had been implemented since September 26 as part of a raft of penalty changes.
She said the government would start to receive information on how many people had been fined in about a month.
It seems that the latest number plate reading devices have instigated a concern that number plate reading by police would be difficult if number plates were distorted in some way.
There goes big brother sitting in an arm chair getting fat on revenue raising & picking on motorists via remote cameras so the system can send fines to you in the mail for whatever reason they invent that sounds like it has justifiable community merit
Refer our earlier article on number plate reading devices.