Paulus Maluleke from Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni believes his number plate may have been cloned. He keeps getting traffic fines from the Emfuleni District. He has reported the matter to the police in Vereeniging and Vosloorus but has not been helped. He has also tried the Ekurhuleni Traffic Department without success. He wants to know what he can do legally to fix the problem.
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I spoke to lawyers at SCORPION LEGAL PROTECTION SERVICES for professional advice.
Number plate cloning affects many motorists. It’s very easy to get fake number plates and use them to avoid paying traffic fines and e-toll fees. The innocent motorist can face criminal charges if the fines go unpaid for a long time.
It is Paulus’ responsibility as the legal owner of the vehicle to prove that his number plate has been cloned. Paulus is advised to contact the Road Traffic Infringement Agency. One of the agency’s objectives is to ensure that individuals understand their rights and options when it comes to issues relating to road violations.
Any fine that is issued by the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences known as Aarto must be disputed through its online system. Paulus must get a case number from the SAPS. It’s also a good idea to inform the local Metro Police and traffic officials to look out for the false number plates.
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