By Dan Eastman
It’s time to eliminate the rule requiring a front license plate on our cars and commercial vehicles. I plan to introduce a bill to that effect in the 2006 Legislative Session.
I’ve considered this for several years, but have held off because the law enforcement community tends to prefer the current law. They say a front plate makes it easier for them to do their job. However, they agree that they usually obtain the information they need from vehicles’ rear plates.
The trucking industry has favored this change for many years, mainly because they experience costly, time-consuming delays at our ports of entry when their front plates have been lost or damaged. Current rules require they wait for a new plate to be shipped before they can continue their route.
I’m not sure requiring front plates is worth the price. Many states do not require them. They are constantly getting dirty, banged up and battered. Sometimes – particularly in winter – they are not even legible. I don't think we need them.
This bill would reduce costs and cut plate production in half. At this point, I’m not proposing a reduction in fees.
I think this is a statute that needs to be changed, and I think this is the year we can change it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.