RM5,000 fine for Singaporean who switched number plates

Tan Hock Lai, 44, was caught on video changing the number plates on his BMW. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: A Singaporean motorist has been fined RM8,000 in a Johor Baru court for switching the number plates on his BMW car with that of another car in May.

Tan Hock Lai, 44, pleaded guilty, the China Press daily reported.

A video posted online showed Tan switching number plates at a petrol station in Gelang Patah, Johor, about a 10-minute drive from the Tuas checkpoint. He removed his BMW’s number plate SLX27E to one bearing the number SKD2777C, which is registered to a Hyundai Elantra.

Another Singaporean driver captured him on video and posted screengrabs that afternoon, which were widely circulated.

Tan was caught speeding on the highway about an hour later, but the RM150 summons was issued to the Hyundai vehicle instead.

In court today, Tan was charged with exhibiting a plate that did not belong to the vehicle, an offence under the Road Transport Act 1987. He pleaded guilty, China Press reported, and in pleading for leniency, said that he had been unemployed since January and had been under a lot of stress.