Number plate faker fined

A MAN who put photocopied dealer number plates on his vehicle was fined in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

Quinn Van Den Berg, 24, pleaded guilty to driving an uninsured, unregistered and defective vehicle without a permit.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott told the court Van Den Berg was intercepted by police on February 17 at 11.45am at Burpengary.

He was driving a Holden Commodore sedan, which he said he had recently purchased on eBay. Upon inspection of the vehicle, police found the dealer plates had been photocopied and laminated, the registration had expired the month before, an airbag had been deployed, the horn did not work and the vehicle was not insured.

The car salesman told the court he thought copying the plates was legal and he was acting under the instructions of his father-in-law, for whom he worked.

“He told police there was no emergent reason for him to be driving the vehicle,” Sgt Shapcott said.

The defendant told police he was driving the car from Brisbane, where he bought it, to Bundaberg.

The prosecutor tendered Van Den Berg's history.

“Unfortunately for the defendant, the history does have a number of like-natured offences,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts fined Van Den Berg $320 for driving an unregistered vehicle, $400 for driving the vehicle uninsured, $300 for the defects and $180 for using the copied plates.

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