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Old 11-29-2009, 10:16 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Default Remove your license plate covers, new law.....

Sorry I don't have a link as the story was on TV news. There is a new law going into affect and its being kept hush, hush. Why? Hmmm, revenue I'm sure.

The new law provides for a fine of $100 for the use of license plate covers. You know, those plastic bands the dealers put around your plates, that like 99% of all plates have around them!

Their reason? It makes it more difficult to read the license plate. PLEASE!

Can you say tax revenue shortage? Do you know how many tens of thousands of bogus tickets are going to be written cause of this?

I would just warn the state of NC, that at some point this new "law" is going to be challenged. And when it is, should you loose, you could get stuck paying all those fines back. License plate covers have been around for decades and in fact help protect and hold the plate in place!

If you get one of these tickets, contest it. Take photos showing your plate is visible and properly displayed and go to court. Don't let them get away with this nonsense.

I just read today, that the state is sending out monitors to get a feel for how much seasonal shopping is going on. They are worried about tax revenue shortage. Fine, they can worry all they like, but don't shaft the working man with bogus laws like this. Just raise the sales tax rate, we know its coming anyhow. It's an insult to us.
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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Dude, you sound a little paranoid. You don't have to get rid of your license plater holder as long as it doesn't obscure your license plate number and the registration sticker. If you have a license plate cover (plastic that completely covers your license plate) you are fine as long as you can clearly see through it. If its one of those covers that are tinted or produce glare or obscures viewing your plate you'll have to take it off.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:06 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Dude, you sound a little paranoid. You don't have to get rid of your license plater holder as long as it doesn't obscure your license plate number and the registration sticker. If you have a license plate cover (plastic that completely covers your license plate) you are fine as long as you can clearly see through it. If its one of those covers that are tinted or produce glare or obscures viewing your plate you'll have to take it off.
That is not what they are talking about. They are talking about the plastic boarder that goes around the plate. It usually has the dealer listed on it. This is exactly what they showed on the news.

Like this:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...i_sku=12422482
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:10 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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It looks like this has been in the works since the Summer and plates that don't obscure any plate information are still legal.

Bill aims to clear car plates - Traffic - NewsObserver.com
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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according to mjd07's article, it only applies to frames that obscure 'vital' information like the tag numbers, the expiration date stickers, and the name of the issuing state. i don't see the issue with that. a license plate is not meant to be a thing of vanity; it's a tool for law enforcement. when it gets to the point that a state trooper cannot identify the key information the plate is meant to convey, something should be done.

Mike
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Old 11-30-2009, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Raleigh-North Hills
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Not a bad idea. The entire plate should be visible including expriration dates....especially on those 30 day temporary cardboard plates. I see a lot of those that have already expired where the numbers are visable.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:05 AM
 
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according to mjd07's article, it only applies to frames that obscure 'vital' information like the tag numbers, the expiration date stickers, and the name of the issuing state..
Exactly; one of this rule's big targets is to address the issue of people using what I call a "plastic polarized filter" over the plate; which means they can ONLY be read from a "head on" angle; (not from any "side angle") and consequently CANNOT be read by the "stop-light cameras" or an "in car" camera if it is not directly behind the plate. This method has been used since the advent of the "stop-light cameras" to make it so that the camera at the light can get a great picture of the car but the plate will not be readable, so that the (outsourced) company who sends the tickets cannot identify who ran the light.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:37 AM
 
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It looks like this has been in the works since the Summer and plates that don't obscure any plate information are still legal.

Bill aims to clear car plates - Traffic - NewsObserver.com
Anyone read this article. It proves the OP is right. They are trying to prevent people from covering up the "vital" parts of your license plate (issuing state, plate number, and registration sticker). Most of the license plate frames cover up the state name, so they would be illegal.

However, a clear cover doesn't "obscure" the vital info, so you can still have your red-light camera beating covers on.

BTW, for those who don't want to cover your plates, I suggest you spray on some clear enamel. I have done this for years, especially when I lived in the DC area where red light and speeding cameras are everywhere. It creates a huge glare when photographed, overexposing the area of the photo that would show your plate and rendering it unreadable. Plus, it's unnoticeable to the naked eye so cops don't know you have it on. My car was photographed at least 6 times, that I know of, and I never received a ticket.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:29 AM
 
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^ Seems to me it would much better for all of us if you'd just stop running red lights.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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No need to get so worked up. Many state laws go into effect every December 1st. This law isn't a secret. Tickets won't start until after Nov. 30, 2010. During the first year only warnings will be issued.


Here's one of many sources Dozens of new N.C. laws take effect Tuesday (http://www.gastongazette.com/news/tuesday-40972-dozens-effect.html - broken link) Starting at the 10th paragraph

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Motorists who have a frame around their license plate may also want to take note of a new law that requires the state’s name across the bottom of the plate to be fully visible. The new law also requires that the expiration month and year stickers to be visible.

They can no longer be partially covered by a license frame. Motorists who don’t comply with the law can be cited for an infraction. A warning will be issued for the first year of the law. After Nov. 30, 2010. a fine of up to $100 may be charged.

Law enforcement officials say that having the information visible increases the readability of registration visibility and helps identify vehicles registered in North Carolina.
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