Number plate ‘cloning’ is on the rise in France

The Corsican logo on a French car registration plate

The “cloning” of vehicle number plates – when crooks copy and use the plates of vehicles of the same type and colour as their own to escape speeding and parking tickets – is on the rise.

Forty-eight people were caught driving vehicles with cloned number plates in France in 2018, the most recent official figures, up from 34 in 2017.

The number of offenders who escape detection each year is estimated at several thousand.

Those offenders who were caught were fined – the maximum fine is €4,500 – had six points taken off the licences, and, in some cases, had their vehicles confiscated.

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