Fake car disks a growing concern for traffic department

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Fake vehicle disks are a growing concern for the traffic department, not only in the province but nationally too. Free State Traffic Department spokesperson, Kabelo Moloabi, says they have seen an increase in the number of cars travelling through the province with fake car disks.

“This is a growing concern for all traffic departments in the country. Sometimes we catch cars with fake car disks from other provinces, especially those from the Gauteng province,” he said.

Traffic officers are aware of this increasing number and have established numerous ways of identifying fake car disks and licences. “We are on it as a department, both the licensing department as well as the law enforcement side. The fraudsters use various methods to make the fake car disks, but some are easily identifiable,” adds Moloabi.

He says traffic officers do not just check the car disk for an expiry date, but also look at other factors, including whether the right car disk is being used on the right vehicle. Moloabi says people often opt for a fake disk as they feel a legal one is too expensive.

“For example to renew a car disk for heavier vehicles such as trucks can cost up to R30 000, so some people would rather buy the fake one and save a little money.”

Police in Botshabelo recently busted a syndicate that was selling fake car disks. They received a tip off from a traffic officer of a car travelling with a fake car disk, and further investigations led to the arrest of women who was selling the disks at an internet cafe. The police also confiscated a computer and a scanner which are believed to have been used to produce the fake vehicle discs.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Martin Xuma says further investigations have revealed that the woman was charging R2000 per licence disk and R200 per year to renew it.

Seithati Semenokane / Courant News