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What can be done to tackle the issue of fake vehicle licence plates?

The issue of false licence plates was in the news this week, following a TODAY report on how easy it is to change one’s car plate in Singapore. Car plate makers said that while they do verify a licence plate's legitimacy, what the customer does with it is out of their control.

Anyone found to have altered a vehicle's licence plate number may face up to a year’s jail or be fined up to S$5,000, or both. However, these penalties might not be enough to deter those seeking to hide from the law, said some TODAY readers.

Anyone found to have altered a vehicle's licence plate number may face up to a year’s jail or be fined up to S$5,000, or both. However, these penalties might not be enough to deter those seeking to hide from the law, said some TODAY readers.

The issue of false licence plates was in the news this week, following a TODAY report on how easy it is to change one’s car plate in Singapore. Car plate makers said that while they do verify a licence plate's legitimacy, what the customer does with it is out of their control.

Anyone found to have altered a vehicle's licence plate number may face up to a year’s jail or be fined up to S$5,000, or both. However, these penalties might not be enough to deter those seeking to hide from the law, said some TODAY readers. Others suggested ways to close the loopholes allowing one to get a falsified car plate made.

What a load of nonsense for the car plate makers to claim this “out of their control”. The authorities need to plug this loophole and make these plate makers accountable. They must not just make the plate, but also fix it permanently on the appropriate vehicle. If not, shut them down for 15 days for every offence. Hit them where it hurts… Go to Carousell and check out how many such shops offer car plate services without proper due diligence. BASKER

They (car plate makers) did their checks and the plate number is legitimate and they fix it on the car. But what the driver does with it after that is beyond them.

It's like an alcohol vendor selling drinks. When the patron gets drunk and commits a crime, should the vendor be held responsible just because he sold the alcohol? FADLY AZAD

Don't forget that they can just go to Johor Bahru to make (a licence plate) and come back and change it themselves. ALFRED SIM

Have a central database of all registered car plate numbers with their model and colour. Even a change of colour should be reported so that the database is updated. This way workshops cannot run away from the responsibility to check and ensure it is not a stolen car that is sent for repairs or painting. ROBERTO ANTONIO

The LTA (Land Transport Authority) should tamper-proof all these car plates, for example by having hologram logos, and owners have to make their car plate at the LTA or authorised workshops. In this way, they can plug this loophole. ANDY RICE

This punishment of a S$5,000 maximum fine is too light. Those who own vehicles can afford it anyway. Should have the vehicles confiscated and licence suspended. If not, those who are criminally-minded can use this loophole to run. PATRICK CHON KW

A fine and impounding of the car for six months will do greater damage to their pockets. JAMES WONG KAMKIAT

Car plate manufacturers have the responsibility to fix it on the car itself. Take a picture of it and submit it to the LTA. WILLIAM TAN

Workshops should have a central database where they have to submit all repair works. This is to deter them from doing shady work. Such a database should be freely accessible by government agencies should there be a need for investigations. KHAIRUL IBN ABDUL RASHID

Validate the vehicle log card or car’s financial details. That is the least they can do. A car plate is just like an NRIC, it’s the car’s ID. I am sure you can’t get your NRIC replaced at any print shop, right? ALLEN SIM

Embed the plate number into the windscreen. Perhaps all the mirrors. ZR RIDER

It’s high time for the LTA to enforce documentary proof for the making of car plates, instead of allowing people to just make a phone call to order and collect them a few days later. FOXSCOUT SG

Simple solution for people putting on fake plates: Just put a tamper-proof seal on all the plates, similar to those on the (weekend) red plates. MUHD NAZ FARIHIN

For car parks with gantries and cameras, just use software to check the licence plate number from the camera and compare it with the IU (in-vehicle unit) data. I don't believe drivers can avoid all car park cameras by parking only at the parallel lots by the roadside. KANE CANE

 

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