Jailed for having false car number plates

A Singapore High Court Judge last week warned that anyone caught using false number plates on their vehicle can expect jail terms.

An IT consultant spent two weeks behind bars for committing the offence.   Tan had wanted to appeal against the sentence, but withdrew his bid upon hearing Justice V.K. Rajah’s remarks that the jail term imposed by Traffic Court was too light. The judge said those who use false number plates on their vehicles are trying to conceal their identity – and terrorists, criminals and individuals ‘up to no good’ would do this.  Tan, a first offender, pleaded guilty in May to using forged number plates on the front and back of his girlfriend’s car on Jan 28. His offence was uncovered as he had driven through an Electronic Road Pricing gantry in Anson Road without a CashCard in his in-vehicle unit (IU). The gantry cameras took a picture of the car when the cash deduction failed to go through. The Land Transport Authority (LTA), in processing the summons, found the vehicle number not in use, so it homed in on the IU label and found that it belonged to a car with a different vehicle number, one registered to Tan’s girlfriend.

He added that people who change their vehicle license plates know what they are doing is improper, so a clear message has to be sent out to the wider public that a jail term would come with such an offence.

The penalty in Britain for displaying incorrect number plates is £1000 fine and the possibility of the DVA reclaiming your registration.