Long story short, my friend rented a brand new 80k value scooter from backstreet bike rental shop. The bike was parked for a few days without moving one kilometer from the rental shop & mysteriously went missing! They won't give back his passport unless he pays the bikes full value! 1. Is a rental shop allowed to rent a bike on a temporary RED number plate? He went to the police & they cannot help as the bike doesn't exist yet on any computer system to even check if it's been found or reported etc. (A red plate bike has no official number plate or green book or tax issued yet btw). 2. Does a person have insurance if driving a scooter with a red plate? I would have thought a top end scooter would come with free 1st class insurance for the first year & my friend could pay the excess. He really wanted to rent an older Honda Click but the guys were very persuasive & wanted him to take a brand new bike for the same price as the Click. This sounds like a scam. Never rent a new bike with a RED plate, it seems to be a very grey area in regard to the illegality & the even just reporting it stolen when it doesn't really exist yet is difficult. With so many opinions I wonder if anyone else been in this situation?