Mr. Mike Hatton
Direct Line: 01622 654429/654413
Fax: 01622 652029
Date: 10 February 2012
FOI Ref: 12/01/67
Dear Mr. Hatton,
Freedom Of Information Request 12/01/67
I write in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
received on 26 January 2012 in the following terms.
Please may we have details of how many fixed penalty fines have been issued by Kent Police
traffic officers, in the following years : 2001-2002 - 2001-2002 - 2002-2003 - 2003-2004 - 2004-
2005 -2005-2006 - 2006-2007 - 2007-2008 - 2008-2009 - 2010-2011 in relation to drivers who
have displayed number plates that were not in accordance with The Road Vehicles (Display of
registration Marks) Regulations 2001. (DVLA Document Ref V796).
We understand that it is an offence to alter, rearrange or misrepresent letters or numbers in order
to form names or words or in such a way that it makes it difficult to read the registration number.
The DVLA state “The Police can issue fixed penalty fines for illegally displayed numberplates,
offenders are liable to a maximum fine of £1000, and in some cases the mark can be removed.
Vehicles with illegally displayed number plates may be subject to MOT test failure.
To re-cap: We wish to see how Kent Police are coping with this breach of the law.
I have provided below a table which details the number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued by police
officers for the offence of “registration mark not in accordance with requirements/fails to conform
with regulations- driving and keeping”. The information has been provided for each of the years
specified in your request.
Number of Fixed Penalty Notices
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