Cars missing front licence plates

| 30/08/2016 | 9 Comments

What is the situation with the growing number of vehicles on the road which don’t show a licence plate on the front? Is this allowed? Has the law changed?


Auntie’s answer: The legal situation with displaying licence plates remains the same. A contact at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing (DVDL) explained that there has been no change in the law or regulations that would allow only one registration plate to be displayed on a vehicle.

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He pointed to Section 5 (2) of the The Traffic Regulations, 2012, which says that anyone who: (a) fails to display registration plates or trade plates at the front and rear of the vehicle; or (b) fails, in the case of a trailer or motorcycle, to display registration plates or trade plates at the rear of the trailer or motorcycle” in the specified way commits an offence. On summary conviction the person is liable to a fine of $300 or imprisonment for six months, or both.

The DVDL official did add that when it comes to enforcement of the law, his department would only be able to “rectify such a scenario” if the vehicle were brought in for an inspection.

It is a different matter on the road, where it would be up to the RCIPS to catch any offenders. As mentioned before in this column, the police understandably cannot be everywhere at once, but that doesn’t mean someone missing a plate won’t get noticed by others besides you who are holding ticket books.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    And what of the blacked-out covers over the rear plates??? It’s a farce!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just one police officer could earn his salary back in one day by just ticketing cars that don’t stop at stop signs. The 3 way stop at Fairbanks road is a suggested spot.

    • Anonymous says:

      I live next to Drumblade. It is staggering the number of drivers I see daily who blow through that 3-way stop like it’s no big deal.

  3. satirony says:

    It’s part of a general holding up of the middle finger to the law: trucks with disintegrating tyres and illegible plates, cars with blue lights and missing number plates and motorbikes without any icence plates at all, and no insurance. Those who obey the law have every reason to be angry and resentful at what appears to be the deliberate casting of a blind eye by the police. I counted 12 missing plates before midday today and one set of blue LEDs around headlights. Catching these people would be like shooting fish in barrel. Perhaps our police need some new directives. I want to know what happens if an uninsured driver causes me to have an accident? Who will pay? To what extent would the Police responsible for failing to do their job? Do I not have the right to expect other drivers to conform to the laws of the land and the Police to enforce these laws?

    • Kim says:

      Don’t forget the cars with blacked out number plates.

    • Anonymous says:

      Who remembers the “crackdown” on selling cars on the side of the road? Wasn’t there an entire new piece of legislation passed by CIG to ban the practice? More laws and less enforcement, the Cayman way.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Another example of widespread non enforcement of our laws. Where is the accountability?

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