FAKE military vehicle plates have become so widespread in Shenzhen that the municipality's military authority has ordered a re-registration of all military vehicles by the end of the month. Offenders forging, peddling and making use of these fake vehicle plates have been warned to surrender to the authorities. China's military vehicles have already been through the re-registration process a year ago, in a bid to stop their abuse by criminal elements. But military sources said that false registration and abuse of military licence plates were still rampant. Non-military personnel could easily obtain military identity cards, uniforms and licence plates, sources said. The pro-Beijing Ta Kung Pao in Hong Kong reported yesterday that a circular on how to strengthen controls on such abuses in Shenzhen had been issued by the municipality's military authority. The circular has ordered all military units in Shenzhen to re-register their vehicles. Those failing to do so would face severe penalties, it warned.