Faked vehicle registration

PLATEPETER writes from Austria:

I found this car last week and could recherche (I found) that an Austrian citizen used this Austrian unregistered car for the last five years with this historical British import-plate.     He parked and drove in Vienna without a driving licence and also had some troubles with police in respect of alcohol, but the discrepancy of the faked British registration never came to light…    QK is a circa 1964 issue!

 

GB  alt 10., 28.4.14

 

 

In 1964, when QK was a current issue, this Mercedes was  bought in England for subsequent export, and so was issued with a 'Q' plate for it's temporary stay in UK.

In 1964, when QK was a current issue, this new Mercedes was purchased in England for subsequent export, and so was issued with a ‘Q’ plate for it’s temporary stay in UK.

The 'Q' series had a long history in Britain, starting in 1921.    Another use for them was to temporarily register a visitng car from a country which did not subscribe to the international conventions.    This vehicle entered GB for a rally in 1932, and the Automobile Association issued it this QE 469 tag for the duration.  The AA and the RAC were authorised to allocate these plates on behalf of the State, to facilitate  motor tourism, all services for which the two clubs offered.

The ‘Q’ series had a long history in Britain, starting in 1921.    Another use for them was to temporarily register a visiting car from a country which did not subscribe to the international conventions.     Thus they were unable to circulate using their foreign registration plates.   This vehicle entered GB for a rally in 1932, and the Automobile Association issued it this QE 475 tag for the duration.                    The AA and the RAC were authorised to allocate these plates on behalf of the State, to facilitate motor tourism, as all the complex services were offered by those two venerable Clubs.

The international settlement of Tangiers, the enclave in (former) Spanish Morocco, was among the territories which required local plates in many of the countries they might visit.    Here is a Standard 14(?) just pre- or post-war, using QC 8825 for a visit to Britain in about 1948.                Pemberton archive

 

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The Scottish RAC also had a batch of 'Q' plates to hand to visiting motorists, many of whom were US servicemen, at Scottish bases.     QS 2801 is seen here on vacation in Paris, during the 1950s, the 'S' showing its Scottish RAC provenance.

The Scottish RAC also had a batch of ‘Q’ plates to hand for visiting motorists, many of whom were US servicemen, at Scottish bases.     QS 2801 is (just) seen here on vacation in Paris, during the 1950s, the ‘S’ showing its Scottish RAC provenance.    (anon)

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9 Responses to Faked vehicle registration

  1. richardpd says:

    QK 525 is on a picture posted on here from a now closed museum in New Zealand, among a lot of yellow bordered export plates.

    The only time I’ve seen a current Q plate was on a car in Manchester in 1996.

  2. Rob Shepter says:

    The Police in the UK are aware of the use of obsolete or faked registration plates, both in the UK and abroad, and have several systems in place to identify them, including software that tracks these QXnnnn series plates, as very few of them should now exist. With the Schengen Agreement regarding vehicle use finally coming into force later this year, the UK will start receiving updates of vehicles circulating on British plates within the EU and can, and will, notify the foreign countries whether the plates are still valid or not, and thus the foreign police forces can stop the vehicles in question. Whether they will, of course, depends upon their technology and resources, but certain EU countries will be cracking down on this and have recently invested in a lot of ANPR equipment, including from some UK manufacturers, specifically in readiness for this information sharing.

  3. Jake says:

    Excellent detective work!

  4. plates123 says:

    Hi all,
    Was hoping to do a bit of crowdsourcing on this blog and find out the best places to find foreign license plates in London. I think a few people might know the city and so may know some good locations. I’ve always found central London to be very dry, but maybe I am looking in the wrong places.
    Was hoping to write an article, but I have no permission so a comment on this unrelated article will have to do!
    Many thanks

    • Sorry not to have acknowledged your question earlier. The days of good spotting in London are long gone, I regret and the only likely places are the big hotels in Mayfair (Park Lane has the Dorchester and the Hilton) where arab supercars congregate, particularly in June-July. I don’t go there any more, but Ivan Thornley visits the M1 motorway services near Luton for a day’s spotting and usually gets a few good photos – mostly from European lorries, but he saw St. Maarten there this year and Afghanistan foreigner in 2012.
      It suspect that one of the best cities these days is Geneva.

      Vic

      • plates123 says:

        No problem. Yes I am aware of the arab visitors to mayfair/knightsbridge. I just thought that given the huge numbers of people that visit London, combined with the large immigrant population would surely have good results. Personally I have seen some interesting things this year in London, such as latvia diplomatic and Idaho, but always on the move on major roads so unable to photograph. Was hoping people would have some ideas about where they park or congregate.
        Afghanistan/St. Maarten – very jealous.
        I also believe Geneva to be one of the best cities, along with perhaps Paris or Monte Carlo.

  5. Plates 123 – of course, another worthy spotplatz is aot the entrance/ exit to Dover car ferry. Most wheeled traffic enters through there, so one can see absolutely everything which comes and goes. I have done the odd day there and once stayed over in an appalling town hotel so as to get a second day in. Only snag is that the vehicles are on the move, so photography can be tough. Vic – Oct.2015′

    • plates123 says:

      Very true, thanks for the tip, I haven’t been to Dover in a while and should go again.
      Vic – slightly unrelated, but I’m interested by your sighting of LAR 2-5-185409. I hope you don’t mind me asking where you saw it?

      • Somehow I’ve overlooked your q, P123- sorry. It was parked in Hyde Park, central London and had a cheerful Libyan owner, quite happy to speak.
        The red on white colouring was new to me, for Libya, and still may not be ‘official’. He said it was temporary/transit. Possibly an exit plate, to get out,
        though I would have thought one left such a country by simply opening one’s wallet at the border, and giving the officer the appropriate perquisite. – Victor B

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