What to do if you get a Speeding Ticket on a Cloned Plate?

Car cloning is a serious crime that is on the rise. Unless you’ve had your car’s number plates physically stolen from your vehicle, then you will have no way of knowing whether your car has been cloned until an offense has been committed.  The first you will hear about it, in all likelihood, is when you receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) or fine through the door for something that you are not guilty of. In some cases, the first you hear of your car being cloned may even be a visit from the police. This could well be the case if a cloned car has been involved in serious organised crime, such as a ram raid of burglary.

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What Should I do if I get a Speeding Ticket from a Cloned Plate?

If you receive a speeding ticket for your car, and it’s clear that it wasn’t you or any other permitted person driving the car, then it may be that your car has been cloned. If this is the case, then you need to take action.

The first thing you should do is contact the organisation or body that issued the fine and explain to them that it wasn’t you and that there is a possibility that your car may have been cloned. They can then stop pursuing you for the offense or crime and investigate further.


Consider a new Plate

It may sound over the top, but if you suspect that your number plate has been cloned because you have received a PCN or fine relating to your car, then you should consider changing your registration number. The easiest way to do this is to buy a private or personalised registration and have it transferred to your car.

Doing the above will mean that any subsequent PCNs or fines cannot possible be from the activities of your own car, and you will have documented proof that you haven’t been using your original registration from the date that you bought the personalised one. The great thing about private registrations is that they are very cheap nowadays. You can get one for as little as £100, which is considerably less than the financial ramifications of any parking charges or other offenses that you could be wrongly accused of.


What Evidence Should I Gather?

Like it or not, if someone has cloned your car, then you are going to be the main suspect for any illegal activities that they have been involved in. So the most proactive approach would be to gather any supporting evidence that you can. It will all help you in the long run. Any evidence that proves your car was in a location different to that which shows on any PCNs or other fines would be good evidence. In the UK, CCTV is everywhere so is probably the best evidence that you can get.

Unfortunately, if your car is cloned then it is not something that is going to go away by ignoring it. You need t take action as soon as possible by gathering evidence to prove that you and your car are not involved. There is no shortage of people who didn’t do enough to fight their case and the consequences were dire for them. Learn from their mistakes and protect yourself as much as possible.

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14 thoughts on “What to do if you get a Speeding Ticket on a Cloned Plate?

  1. Received a speeding ticket with Intent to Prosecute due to excessive speed! This happen in East London at 3.15am luckily there’s CCTV on my driveway showing my car parked up! Also car in question is a different model style in the range… waiting for Met Police to get off they ass and cancel ticket but how I do I get them to register my car number on their system so that they could (fingers cross) pull over the clone vehicle?

  2. So far I have received two parking fines for a car bearing my number plates it’s the same colour and make of my car but a standard model mine is a top of the range model and has a sun roof can clearly see it’s not my car. Nobody seems in the slightest interested it’s left to you to sort out.

    1. I’m having the exact same problem…. mine has been goin on now for over 4 months and I’ve subsequently received £987 balif letter… I informed the police in both city’s as the clone was being used in the Birmingham area and I reside in Liverpool, to hear nothing back….. absolutely appalling and utterly soul destroying..

  3. same is happening to me these days, received 8 tickets so far and more to come it looks like. he is driving within 15msq radious of my area. to my surprise police has informed me it is NOT A CRIME but an OFFENCE. i dont understand what country is this and what kind of laws we have here in the UK that using someone else’s number plate on your car is not a crime and you do not get a crime reference number rather you only get a normal ref number. Police will not investigate this matter as this is NOT A CRIME. police also say its not their fault but this is in law and to change the law i should speak about this to my local MP. the only option is if this number pops up n police cars as ANPR and they will stop as this is flagged and will enquire about this. i know most of the time this will only be myself as Police will hardly stop or find the real culprit. now within few days he will change the plate to something else and will never be caught. Police system in this country is horribly wrong, and no matter what you contact Police for, they are never helpful and always says we are very busy and stretched and criminals know about this that police will not anything so just carry on. May God help us

  4. this has happend to me before, after the police visited me they knew it wasn’t my car and gave me a reference number. I’ll never drive around with a for sale sign in my car again

  5. same thing has just happend to me, I’ve been driving my new car with my other car parked up as it’s for sale.

  6. Received 2 penalty charge tickets and one police intended prosecution ticket given out over 2 hour period from cloned plate in London. Have cctv of where my car was at the time, and there were differences between my car and the cloned car. But..expecting more to come! It’s such a faff!

    1. Have received a speeding ticket on my motorbike in Surrey from nearly a year ago although I was in lockdown in the forest of Dean three hours away

    2. I got 2 speeding tickets , on 3 days apart from each other on the same part of the road , i enhanced one of the photos from b&w to colour and the reg plate had the blue stripe with the GB logo my car doesn’t and it’s a different colour , on the other photo you can’t even distinguish the number plate or colour, i pointed all this out and I’m still being taken to court

  7. I just got a parking fine saying I was at a pub in Slough at 5am last week.. Unfortunately, given that it was 5am, I was at home asleep and my drive doesnt have cctv I have no evidence. Hoping the cctv of the car park in question or surrounding areas will show the car / drivers.

    1. I got more then 7Penalty fines in the Last Months I don’t know what to do I’m thinking of just selling my bike and get Public transport

  8. This has just happened to my son on the 19th of February he’s got to speeding ticket yesterday saying he was doing 58 miles an hour in a 30 mile an hour zone in Manchester but he was at home and we have proof

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