A Parking/Speeding/Congestion Charge Has My Plate Number, but it Wasn't My Car
Unfortunately it is up to you as the registered keeper to satisfy the issuer of the ticket that it was not you or your car at the time and place where the alleged offence occurred. Here are some suggestions on how to deal with it:
Check Your Shed/Garage Security
- You could consider taking a photograph of the rear of your vehicle that may show it was not your car. Hopefully there will be small differences between your car and the cloned one.
- Legally manufactured number plates must have the details of the manufacturer on them so that may also be a way of distinguishing the vehicles, providing the photograph is of a high enough quality.
- If you park your car in a car park whilst at work the operator may have CCTV evidence to prove that your car was there at the time of the alleged offence.
- If this is a regular occurrence (and especially if the tickets are from your local area) contact your local police who may be able to put a marker on the police national computer. Be aware though that this will probably result in you being stopped more often so make sure you have documentation with you to identify yourself and the vehicle (but never leave it in an unoccupied vehicle).
- Number plate cloning and car cloning are becoming a growing problem (though it is still on a relatively small scale in the scheme of things), but the Government is looking at ways of reducing it.
Two men were disturbed in a residential garage in Blacksmith Close, Ashtead, late last night. Nothing was taken, but it is always worth checking and following our top tips: Alarm it, Lock it, Hide it or Mark it https://www.surrey.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/non-residential-burglary/secure-shed-garage/
Officers assisted by police dogs and the air service located and arrested two men who decamped Pebble Hill, Betchworth very early Monday after they initially made off from police on two motorcycles with no rear number plates. Enquiries continue.
Gerald Plaku, 19
Was due to appear in court on Monday morning, after being charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.
He is due to appear at Staines Magistrates’ Court after being stopped on Saturday night (14 September), in Leatherhead.
Three Suspicious Men
Reported looking into houses and driveways a few days ago in Tower Hill, Dorking. They were driving a white transit van with registration FV16BPF. If anyone is seen acting suspiciously in the area again please call 101 or 999 if a crime taking place, citing reference number P19214112.
A Black Nissan Navara
With registration LC56ZVT, has a Statutory Off Road Notification (meaning it cannot legally be driven or parked on a public street) and is currently uninsured, but has been seen driving around Westhumble. Give us a call on 101 if you see it snooping around on your land.
(Surrey Police, In The Know Community Administrator, Mole Valley)