MOTOR trade businesses that supply replacement number plates must make sure they keep full customer records as required or risk falling foul of a new crackdown, warns the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Police nationwide are making unannounced spot checks on motor trade businesses that produce replacement number plates, checking that the correct records are being taken.
Mike Owen, the RMIF’s Head of Aftermarket, said: ‘Since 2001, businesses have been required by law to keep records of number plate sales. To prevent the cloning of vehicle identities for criminal purposes, only those in possession of the correct documentation are permitted to purchase a replacement number plate for a vehicle.
‘To avoid punitive action being taken against them, businesses must make sure that they take the proper details, and keep records.’