City clamps down on fake vehicle licences

There have been reports of an increasing number of forged car license discs displayed on vehicles in Cape Town. Expired licenses result in stiff fines and it seems people are taking measures to try get around the law.

If you have outstanding warrants against you, you may not obtain a new license disc.

Mayoral Committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, spoke to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies and says three arrests have been made in the past two weeks.

He says the suspects are believed to have either altered an old disc or they have made a digital copy, altered it on a computer and printed it for use.

But those techniques leave tell-tale signs of alteration, the texture of the paper, the font... that tip the officers off.

JP Smith, City of Cape Town Mayco member, Safety and Security

Ultimately there is a serial number on the disc which is checkable, which we are able to monitor.

JP Smith, City of Cape Town Mayco member, Safety and Security

He says these culprits will be charged with forgery, fraud and defeating the ends of justice and face arrest not only a fine.

A new new system is in place where officers carry hand held devices which scan the license disc and determine if serial number and bar code are legitimate.

Smith says they have noticed a marked increase in forged licenses.

Listen to JP Smith explain the license checking system below:


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