300 motorists stopped in illegal number plate crackdown

PUBLISHED: 06:26 16 August 2012

Police ANPR

Police ANPR


MORE than 300 vehicles across the region were stopped by police in a clampdown on illegal number plates – with a third of them in Hertfordshire.

Operation Dragon, the second operation of its kind, ran throughout the six counties that make up the eastern region between July 16 and August 5 as part of wider policing arrangements to support security in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

In total, 303 cars were stopped:

* 101 in Hertfordshire

* 65 in Bedfordshire

* 49 in Suffolk

* 38 in Suffolk

* 31 in Cambridgeshire

* 19 in Essex.

Front number plates are required to display black characters on a white background, whereas rear plates must display black characters on a yellow background.

Drivers with non-standard registration plates are targeted because ANPR technology cannot read them which create problems in identifying criminal vehicles.

Illegal number plates are those which have fixtures which alter spaces or hide characters, do not use the standard ‘Charles Wright’ font, use offensive language, are not easily readable to the naked eye, or are not correctly made from a reflective material.

Inspector Colin Bonner, from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “ANPR is a significant weapon in our bid to fight crime and protect the public.

“Using this technology the police across the region are helping to remove serious criminals from the roads, as well as unsafe and uninsured drivers and vehicles.

“Those who are using an illegal number plate on their vehicle will be pulled over and could face a fine of up to £1,000.

“All drivers should ensure that their number plates meet the requirements of the DVLA.”

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