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Traffic police make dodgers of plate-checks a priority

THE city's traffic police yesterday began to crack down on vehicles that remove their out-of-town plates or cover the numbers to dodge checks on Shanghai's elevated roads.

Due to a tougher policy that restrict vehicles with such plates, police found drivers were trying to find ways to avoid checks and fines.

Police said drivers "would face severe punishment" if they were detected trying to trick the authorities.

In a check yesterday, a driver tried to smash through a checkpoint at 8am on a ramp on Hongjing Road in -Minhang District.

The car with a Jiangsu Province plate sped up on approaching the ramp, said Yang Lei, a police officer. Yang followed and called for backup - the car was stopped on the elevated road later, said Yang.

The car only had a plate at the front, the one at the rear had been removed. "It's a common trick to dodge the cameras," said Yang.

Drivers covering the plates or -defacing numbers will be fined 200 yuan (US$30) and get six demerit points on their license.

Drivers who only violate the restriction will be fined 200 yuan, but will not get points.

Police revealed that "fewer vehicles with out-of-town plates are seen on elevated roads now."


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