Car insurance: Authorities aim to cut clone loophole

Tuesday, 04 September 2007

Industry experts are coming together to remove a loophole that currently allows anyone in the UK to clone a number plate.

At the moment, it is legal for drivers to purchase a showplate, a number plate with any set of numbers that is designed to be used only for display purposes off the road.

Such plates can be seen in TV car insurance advertisements, with the name of the insurer used as a number plate.

However, crooks are using these plates when stealing cars and selling them on with a false number, said Car theft could leave the owner with a sour taste in their mouth and a hefty car insurance claim.

Roger Powell, general manager of, commented: "Car cloning is big business, almost every police force across Britain has reported a rise in the number of incidents in recent months."

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