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    Q696: I have got a parking/speeding ticket/congestion charge for a car that has the same number plate as mine, but it was not my car, what do I do?

    Unfortunately it is up to you as the registered keeper to satisfy the issuer of the ticket that it was not you or your car at the time and place where the alleged offence occurred. Here are some suggestions on how to deal with it.

    1. You could consider taking a photograph of the rear of your vehicle that may show that it was not your car. Hopefully there will be small differences between your car and the cloned one.
    2. Legally manufactured number plates must have the details of the manufacturer on them so that may also be a way of distinguishing the vehicles, providing the photograph is of a high enough quality.
    3. If you park your car in a car park whilst at work the operator may have CCTV evidence to prove that your car was there at the time of the alleged offence.

    If this is a regular occurrence (and especially if the tickets are from your local area) contact your local police who may be able to put a marker on the police national computer. Be aware though that this will probably result in you being stopped more often so make sure you have documentation with you to identify yourself and the vehicle (but never leave it in an unoccupied vehicle).

    Number plate cloning and car cloning are becoming a growing problem (though it is still on a relatively small scale in the scheme of things), but the Government is looking at ways of reducing it.

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