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NUMBER-PLATE BLOCKER: A BMW driver has been pulled over for 'disappearing' number plates in Jozi. Image: YouTube

Cape Town - Remote number-plate blockers are illegal in South Africa yet it seems some will go to extreme lengths to avoid paying e-toll bills. 

The Intelligence Bureau SA posted a video on Facebook showing a blue BMW being examined by traffic officers.

The BMW sports a custom number-plate hiding mechanism, allegedly being sold in South Africa as a means for drivers to avoid paying e-tolls.

'A serious offence'

Mohamed Mayat, from Autostyle Motorsport in Johannesburg and Durban says: "We were offered the opportunity to sell these products in our stores but we immediately turned it down as it's against the law.

"It's illegal in regards to e-tolls in Gauteng and for other obvious reasons such as criminal activity.

"This product is available online and stocked in certain car-accessory stores."

Mayat adds that their store does however sell "laser detectors".

He said: "These products are totally legal and encourage safer driving as it makes the driver more aware of the speed he or she is travelling at."

'Free trip to jail'

The Intelligence Bureau has urged South Africans not to purchase devices that can hide or obscure licence plates. The bureau said "this is a serious offence, and will result in your car being impounded and a free trip to jail for the evening". 

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