Twenty out of 40 motor cycles impounded by the Wa police in a recent exercise to check compliance with road traffic regulations were found to be using fake registration numbers.
Briefing the TimesTimes here on the operation, Deputy Upper West Regional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Robert Ayaligo, said a screening exercise carried out on the registration numbers of the motor cycles by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) confirmed the number plates were fake.
Mr. Ayaligo said apart from the fake registration numbers, the motors were found not to have road worthiness certificates, and insurance cover while most of the cyclist were riding without crash helmets.
He said three of the owners of the motors with fake numbers have been prosecuted and sentenced by a Wa Circuit court to fines while a bench warrant has been issued by the court for the arrest of the remaining 17 who escaped arrest.
Mr. Ayaligo said police suspect that some of the motor cycles were either smuggled into the country or stolen and would intensify their investigations with the registration fraud.
He said motor cycles with genuine registration numbers have been released to their owners.