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Old 08-03-2013, 07:36 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Hopefully not. I find Euro-style plates ugly.
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:13 PM
 
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I think a compromise, like the Brazilian plate someone mentioned, would be the best! It's wide enough to accommodate all 7 (and even 8) letters, while there is still room to put down state names, and even customize them a bit.

I do agree that the American license plates are hard to read -- the new Maryland license plate, with the War of 1812, has something that resembles fireworks and the American flag on the left, leaving little room for the 7-character long license plate. Maryland has ended up putting one letter on top of the other, as in this picture, which does not improve readability at all. As someone mentioned, the prestige of a state's license plate is apparently a higher priority than the actual function of the license plate itself.

http://www.mva.maryland.gov/sebin/f/...-tag-small.jpg

Be thankful, though, that this isn't India, where a license plate has 9 characters (e.g. TN-01 N-4304), and there are no regulations for its size and shape. It's up to the buyer of a car to get a license plate painted for them, and they can do that in any style they want (including in another language!). We should definitely, at all costs, stay away from that.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:54 PM
 
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Hope not. They're ugly where US and Canadian plates can be works of art.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I've lived in Europe and their plates are very functional and do the job well. US plates that only have 6 digits can be very functional, as long as they don't look like a 6th grad art project (which is unfortunately what many states look like). Some of these new flat plates are just butt ugly, ugly font, ridiculous "artwork" that makes them hard to read. I think Texas learned the hard way about using their license plates as a canvass for art At least the new ones in TX are easy to read, and the new configuration is easier to remember.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Hope not. They're ugly where US and Canadian plates can be works of art.
They can also be hideous like Texas' and many others.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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They can also be hideous like Texas' and many others.
To each their own. I think Texas license plates are among the nicest designed in the Union. Ohio, Maryland and the newest Georgia plates are hideous among others.

To the OP, I hope we keep our American plates.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Denver
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To each their own. I think Texas license plates are among the nicest designed in the Union. Ohio, Maryland and the newest Georgia plates are hideous among others.

To the OP, I hope we keep our American plates.
Those hideous blue things? Ugh! I like the old ones better.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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I can't stand European & Asian plates I think they're ugly as hell.
The purpose of number plates is visibility. They're not Aloha shirts.

Then again some people like to have plastic flamingos in their gardens...
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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The purpose of number plates is visibility. They're not Aloha shirts.

Then again some people like to have plastic flamingos in their gardens...
They are visible
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:57 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Texas is the worst, the new GA ones are my favorite now. at first i wasn't sure but i started seeing a few on the road and i like them
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