Crackdown on illegal number plates during March

AN operation targeting drivers with “misrepresented” number plates has been launched by police.

Operation Dragon, which is running throughout March, involves officers from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to clamp down on illegal number plates.

Anyone caught displaying a number plate which does not meet the DVLA’s criteria will be pulled over and could face a fine of up to £1,000.

Number plates must be in the correct font, not use offensive words and be readable to the naked eye.

They should also be made from a reflective material with black characters on a white background at the front, and black characters on a yellow background at the rear.

Police will also be looking out for adjusted fixings or bolts which alter spaces or obscure characters to appear as something else.

Hertfordshire ANPR manager, Inspector Andy Piper, said: “Plates that are difficult to read pose a threat to identifying vehicles that may have used for criminal purposes.

“I would therefore urge anyone using a misrepresented plate, or who is not aware of the permitted layout, to familiarise themselves with the correct format and change their licence plate as soon as possible – 0208 144 1715

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