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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3443..


these areas have been replaced to increase the capacity of the stormwater system. There is not a significant number of pipes which are approaching the end of their economic life.

(13) Stormwater pipes suffer a great deal from root intrusions or damage from construction and underground boring activities, this requires short sections of pipe to be replaced.


It is often more practical to reline a pipe network to extend its life rather than excavating the old pipes and replacing them. This system provides large savings and less community disturbance.

Motor vehicles-number plate theft

(Question No 876)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the practice of stealing number plates from registered motor vehicles:

(1) Are the reported figures for the amount of number plates stolen from registered motor vehicles in the ACT available, and if so, what are the figures for

(a) 2000-01 (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03;

(2) What are the penalties in the ACT for stealing number plates from motor vehicles;

(3) Have any of the offenders engaged in the practice of stealing number plates from registered motor vehicles in the ACT been fined or prosecuted in any way and if so, how many fines and / or prosecutions have there been in each of the years at (1) above;

(4) Are there any situations where a motorist is permitted not to display number plates on a registered motor vehicle in the ACT, and if so, what are the conditions in relation to this;

(5) Do ACT police keep a register of stolen number plates and if so, for what period of time are number plates which have been stolen kept on the list;

(6) Are ACT vehicle owners who have reported their number plates stolen immune from fine or prosecution for any traffic offences committed under the use of the stolen number plates once the number plates have been reported stolen to police.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The reported figures for number plates stolen from registered motor vehicles in the ACT are:

(a) 2000-2001 = 350

(b) 2001-2002 = 377

(c) 2002-2003 = 529

(2) The penalty in the ACT for stealing number plates from motor vehicles is subject to a court imposed fine by a magistrate of up to 20 penalty units (or $2000) for a successful conviction.

(3) Given the current method of recording offences on the police computer system, information on the number of persons prosecuted for number plate theft is not available. Such offences would be recorded as a theft offence with the property type stolen listed as


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