Criminals 'copycatting' registration plates * Ireland - Beware trucking
* Dublin - Plates of Irish vehicles "cloned" to transport illegal persons and alcohol
--- A major Irish trucking company has claimed the licence plates of some of its vehicles are being ‘cloned’ by criminals in Europe... Setanta Vehicle Importers Limited, based in Dublin, hire out some of their trucks on a contract basis and have had a number of incidents involving ‘copycats’ over the past two months... In one case, a customer of Setanta received a letter notifying them that their truck had been impounded by Austrian authorities, and they were being prosecuted for the transportation of illegal persons. The person’s actual truck was in Ireland at the time, and the registration details had been copied... In some cases, the cloned trucks are racking up toll charges of €1,000, which are being issued to the owners of the legitimate vehicles... Ms Concarr explains how the company are fighting the toll charges and parking fines. “In Ireland, you could go online to the road haulers licencing website and search for a road haulier and all his licence plates are there or online, so it’s easy enough to copy them"... Jerry Drummond, Operations Manager with Glantrans International Carriers Limited, recently received a letter notifying him that one of the company’s trucks had been seized in Dover, after it was found to be transporting 26 pallets of beer without a licence to do so. However, none of their trucks were in Dover on the day in question. In another incident, Mr Drummond was contacted by the Department of Public Prosecution in Bruges, who informed him that one of their trucks had been seized... The operations manager says the truck was in Dublin at the time. “It puts incredible strain on the business, having to fight these issues. I spent nearly my whole day yesterday trying to sort out who owns this truck” ...
(Photo: Renault Premium trucks which were 'cloned') -- Dublin, Ireland - Independent.ie, by Amy Molloy - 11 Nov 2016