UK: Innocent drivers getting fines and tickets as car cloning more than doubles

Car cloning has more than doubled in the last two years – with innocent drivers increasingly targeted by crooks copying number plates.

New figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) show the dramatic increase – which has seen unwitting motorists rivers are ending up with speeding fines and parking tickets after their car number plates are copied by cloning gangs.

Criminals are copying legitimate number plates and using the fake identity to drive similar cars that may have been stolen or scrapped.

They then rack up speeding and parking tickets knowing their fines will be sent to someone else. In other cases, they have filled up with fuel and driven off without paying.