The police cars are fitted with camera's that scan your plate and bring it up on the screen, if it comes up unregistered they pull you then double check with road transport data base. I might be cinical after copping the $375 if I had the sticker I am sure I would of realised it had expired I am sure no sticker is more about them raising more money through fines of the good people. If they ever compared people driving unregistered fines I bet they have double since the change. The bill had arrived at home but somehow got covered by something else on the kitchen bench. I have listed it as a reminder on my office outlook now so it doesnt happen again.
@ Gus interesting point about the light for the number plate, roof racks are looking attractive.
Wow, that's steep. Did you know you can also get fined for not illuminating a number plate on the back of a bike rack at night too. Makes rear racks seem a very expensive option.
Lee-Anne, I understand there is an option. Perhaps you could clarify. Keep both large plates on the vehicle and a small plate on the bike carrier. Or remove the large plate from the rear of the car and attach to the bike carrier. The latter has a downside -- best to use non-removable fasteners on the car plate to reduce theft for illegal purposes in another vehicle.
Here it is c/p'd from the Cycling and the Law Handbook (pg 6) Handbook
BICYCLE RACKS ON VEHICLES
A bicycle rack attached to a motor vehicle, and any bicycle on the
rack, must not obscure the rear number plate of the vehicle.
When attaching a bicycle rack to the rear of a vehicle, you can either:
display a bicycle rack number plate on the rack or
take the rear number plate off the motor vehicle and attach it to
the bicycle rack.
You must not display a standard number plate on both the rear of
a motor vehicle and on a bicycle rack or display homemade
It does seem a bit contradicting tho...
Just did a scan of the legisislation and couldnt find any thing about bike rack number plates and/or osbscuring them
A SA plate for a bike rack is $22, quite affordable. I too did a bit of scanning and only found the same as you have above. As a comparison I had a look at NSW..
Bike rack plates
If the rear number plate of your vehicle is obscured by a bike or bike rack, you must either:
- mount the number plate elsewhere, or
- purchase a special bike rack plate.
Bike rack plates have the same number/letter combination as your vehicle's registration, but they are only available as black characters on a white background.
What I don't get is (in SA) whereas one can have one's regular number plate in its regular position along with the smaller sized bike rack plate, you can not have a regular sized number plate along with one's regular plate... how does that work?? Frankly, sounds like bureaucratic BS to me...
yeah as far as I read Lee-Anne's reply, you cannot have both the car plate AND bike plate fitted at the same time. Either 1 only or the other, NOT both. I do not understand why since the alpha-numeric code is exactly the same. Excuse my ignorance, but what difference does it make?
Er I think that means it is illegal to display two different number plates. A vehicle Number Plate and an "SA-Better by Bike" Number plate display the same Registration details so they are deemed the same plate.
That's what I do now (display same alpha-numeric plate). Who in the their right mind would display 2 different number plates? Is it a common thing that happens?