Peak hour police blitz targets obscured number plates
MOTORISTS were caught up in kilometre-long peak hour queues near Nambour on Monday morning as police carried out a traffic operation.
Drivers told the Daily that police were targeting vehicles with obscured number plates amid fears too many people were getting off traffic offences because their plates could not be captured by cameras.
Police were pulling over cars along Nambour Connection Road between Nambour and the Maroochydore Road roundabout around 8am onwards.
Motorists were being fined or issued with warnings to have their number plates made visible.
The fine for having an obscured plate is up to $352.
APN understands there have been many cases where motorists have been able to get off in court because of obscured number plates.
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The crackdown comes as a Sunshine Coast-based traffic speed consultant is helping thousands to get off offences involving cameras.
But Mr Cooper said his approach involved highlighting the fact that TruCAM issued fines do not comply with laws that require a vehicle's speed and other data to be imprinted on the original image.
He told APN the law required that the imprint was made at the same time, but under the current system, the data was being recorded afterwards.
Mr Cooper said in other cases, vehicle tracking devices were showing speeds well under what police were claiming.
He said over the past 14 years, he had helped about 20,000 drivers contest speeding fines.
Ironically, only about 10% of his work comes from the Coast with the bulk of inquiries coming from the rest of Australia.
OFFICIAL ADVICE ON NUMBER PLATES
Legally, the characters on the number plate must be visible from 20 metres (m) away at any point within an arc of 45 degrees from the surface of the plate, above or to either side of the vehicle.
Number plates must be permanently attached to a vehicle so that when it is on level ground the plates are upright, horizontal, and not more than 1.3 m above the ground.
Over time, exhaust fumes, chemicals, stones, the sun, and general wear and tear can damage your plates and make them hard to read. So it is a good idea to check their condition especially if you have older plates.
Some plates are obviously deteriorated or damaged. Others may look okay but are hard to read from a distance or at night. Standard plates are guaranteed for 10 years.
You could be fined up to $352 for not replacing your old or illegible plates.
Police and transport inspectors regularly check the condition of number plates. It's your responsibility to ensure your plates are in a legible condition and to replace them or clean them if they're not.