When it comes to avoiding fines, human creativity knows no limits. The fleet of raders of the DGT has the objective of detecting speeding, and its operation is quite simple: if your vehicle exceeds the speed limit, take your picture. Photographic evidence is essential to determine vehicle ownership, and when the license plate cannot be clearly perceived, the complaint may fall on deaf ears. That is why the radars are becoming more sophisticated being able to work and take clear snapshots even in fog or heavy rain.
Against that ever-watchful eye, the creativity of the most roguish drivers has come to a new level. This gadget that we show you below is a leaf-shaped magnet, which works with remote control and adheres to the license plate, hiding vehicle information. In case of stoppage, the included remote control deactivate the magnetic field and the blade comes off leaving no evidence of the crime.
Fabrican un imán con forma de hoja para tapar la matrícula y que no te coja un radar
Un mando permite hacer caer la hoja en caso de detención pic.twitter.com/VBl5yr9WNY
— SocialDrive (@SocialDrive_es) September 14, 2022
And yes, if you were running to Aliexpress with the card in hand we have bad news: it’s a crime. The penal code does not allow covering in any way the surface of the license plate, and in fact, it is something you should check regularly. If the lights that illuminate the license plate do not work you can get into a good mess with the DGT, imagine if they catch you with the hidden license plate.
The fines for hiding the license plate amount to 6,000 euros with a loss of 6 points
Leaf-shaped magnet sticks to license plate and has surface to hide two numbers or letters Social Drive
In fact, these types of remote control tricks are not something new. In August 2020, the General Directorate of Traffic echoed a vehicle in Lugo that had installed a remote system that hid the license plate completely. The fine in this case was 6,000 euros and the loss of 6 points from the card.
Multa de 6.000 € y pérdida de 6 puntos para el propietario de un vehículo que instaló un sistema de ocultación de matrícula que accionaba con un mando a distancia para evitar ser sancionado. La #GIAT @guardiacivil #Lugo lo investigó tras una denuncia ciudadana. pic.twitter.com/aI4qXd8nGy
— Dir. Gral. Tráfico (@DGTes) August 24, 2020
It is true that the magnetic sheet does not occupy the entire surface of the license plate, but just covering up two letters or numbers makes the identification process extremely complicated. Therefore, although the trap is not as obvious as the one in the DGT video, the result is the same: hide the identity of the vehicle from the authorities. So far no penalties have been reported for this creative magnetic sheet, but it would come as little surprise if the fine was just as severe.