Numerous road users have complained about incorrect e-toll bills, with some motorists who have never travelled on Gauteng’s roads receiving large invoices from Sanral. Fake and cloned number plates are blamed for some of these incorrect bills.
According to Louw anyone can purchase the materials needed to clone a plastic number plate at a hardware store or a sign shop. “If you have a computer and a printer, you can make a number plate,” she said.
Louw said that cloning an aluminium number plate is far more difficult and needs special equipment.
However, a lack of regulation in South Africa on number plates make it easy for criminals and illegal number plate outlets to create cloned plates.
According to a survey in Gauteng, said Louw, it was found that around 40% of number plates were illegal or non-compliant.
She predicted that the new Gauteng e-tolling system will cause far more fake or cloned number plates to emerge.
Louw said that they will be working with law enforcement agencies to try to combat the scourge of fake number plates.
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