My mate has a slight predicament, it's looking quite likely that he may be forced to commit a traffic offence in the near future. Now before he does this, he'd quite like to know what sort of penalty he could be looking at if he gets caught. Basically he purchased a brand new unregistered, imported motorcycle a few weeks back. In the process of registering it, the DVLA have been utter ***** and are ******* him about no end. Thus far he has had 3 separate trips to their regional office to sort this out and they still haven't sent him through his registration docs and tax disc. They also won't answer any of his phone calls. It's been a month since he first tried to register the bike. All his paperwork checks out, the bike was built for the UK market and has a certificate of conformity, there are already quite a few of them on the road which are identical to his. He has also taken out insurance to ride the bike using the chassis number to identify it. Last week he received a letter informing him that he now has to bring the bike to their office for inspection. Unfortunately, he doesn't own a van or low loader and the only way he can get the bike up there is to either pay a fortune to have it delivered to their offices or to ride it negative number plates. He doesn't really fancy pushing it 17 miles. Theoretically if my mate were to ride the bike unregistered and without plates and were caught, what sort of penalty could he be facing? Bare in mind, he is insured, he has paid for road tax and the bike conforms to all UK standards. If he were to be pulled over by the old bill, he would have in his possession a valid licence, insurance documents and correspondence from the DVLA, proving he is on his way to their office. Any feedback from serving plodders or those in the know would be much appreciated and I will pass it on to my mate.