Vehicles are frequently seen on South Africa’s roads with the registration plate broken, cracked, damaged or obscured. A registration plate in this condition is unlawful and could result in a traffic fine.
So if you notice any damage, have the plate replaced as soon as possible. A common mistake drivers make is to mount a tow bar in such a way that the number plate is obscured. This is also illegal, and an additional plate may have to be mounted to ensure the vehicle’s registration number can be easily read.
Of course, if you’ve been on a trip on dusty or muddy roads, check that your number plates haven’t been obscured by road debris. Give them a quick wipe-down if it’s the case.
Tip courtesy of Bridgestone