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Old 03-21-2009, 10:57 PM
 
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All anyone is gonna ever see of it is the rear anyway.
That's what I was thinking - you'd only see the front if it was coming at you...

But what could you do? Are there aftermarket bracket systems available, so you don't have to drill into your car to make it legal?
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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the most common interpretation has been, if there is a factory supplied provision of or for a front plate, you are required to have one there. if there are no holes or bracket, you do not HAVE to put a plate. However, the lack of a front plate will give them probable cause to pull you over, so be careful.
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:45 PM
 
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the most common interpretation has been, if there is a factory supplied provision of or for a front plate, you are required to have one there. if there are no holes or bracket, you do not HAVE to put a plate. However, the lack of a front plate will give them probable cause to pull you over, so be careful.
I've never heard that one before. New vehicles sold in states that have a front plate requirement are supposed to have a provision for mounting a front plate, even though that provision may not be readily apparent. In some cases, the vehicles have "L" brackets that attach underneath the front bumper, or I think some of the newer vehicles with plastic bumper fascias have a provision that requires the use of self-tapping screws that penetrate the fascia.

I'm not even sure what my truck has. The dealer I bought it from had their nameplates & frames mounted on the front of all vehicles in inventory, and when I went back to get my plates, they mounted them.

I can remember back around the mid 70s when Texas switched from annual plate replacement w/year stamped on them, to multiyear plates that had renewal stickers, the renewal stickers went on the rear plate only. That caused a lot of people to interpret that as meaning the front plate was no longer required, so some people just removed them. I think some law enforcement agencies, particularly those in smaller towns and suburban cities, taught them differently.
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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the most common interpretation has been, if there is a factory supplied provision of or for a front plate, you are required to have one there. if there are no holes or bracket, you do not HAVE to put a plate. However, the lack of a front plate will give them probable cause to pull you over, so be careful.
Show me that in the Texas Transportation Code (http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/tn.toc.htm - broken link), 'cause I have never seen it.

Otherwise, it is just hearsay...
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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can anybody point me in the right direction for the rules to the proper placement of a metal dealers tag. i got a ticket from a .......stupid cop that didnt know his laws and now i get to defend myself for his ignorence. the state only issues 1, one, dealers plate.......daaaa you can contact me at [EMAIL="atbtowing@yahoo.com"]atbtowing@yahoo.com[/EMAIL]. any help would be greatly appreciated. thx.

Last edited by anthony t bryan; 10-20-2009 at 04:03 PM.. Reason: forgot contact info
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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503.068. LIMITATION ON USE OF DEALER'S LICENSE PLATES AND TAGS.
(a) A dealer or an employee of a dealer may not use a
dealer's temporary cardboard tag as authorization to operate a
vehicle for the dealer's or the employee's personal use.
(b) A person may not use a metal dealer's license plate or
dealer's temporary cardboard tag on:
(1) a service or work vehicle; or
(2) a commercial vehicle that is carrying a load.
(c) For purposes of this section, a boat trailer carrying a
boat is not a commercial vehicle carrying a load. A dealer
complying with this chapter may affix to the rear of a boat trailer
the dealer owns or sells a metal dealer's license plate or temporary
cardboard tag issued under Section 503.061, 503.062, or 503.063.
(d) This section does not prohibit the operation or
conveyance of an unregistered vehicle using the full-mount method,
saddle-mount method, tow-bar method, or a combination of those
methods in accordance with Section 503.062 or 503.063.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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503.069. DISPLAY OF LICENSE PLATES AND TAGS.
(a) A license plate, other than an in-transit license plate, or a
temporary cardboard tag issued under this chapter shall be
displayed in accordance with board rules.
(b) A drive-a-way operator who has been issued a drive-a-way
in-transit license shall display the operator's in-transit license
plates on each transported motor vehicle from the vehicle's point
of origin to its point of destination in this state in accordance
with the laws relating to the operation of a vehicle on a public
highway.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended
by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 76, 10, eff. May 14, 2001.
Do those help?

Cheers! M2
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I guess, I got lucky - 19 years and no front plate. Never got warning or ticket for not having it at the front. I guess, cops love it, because it helps them to aimt the speeding gun, and it works great with the traffic cam...
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:19 AM
 
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i think a lot all depends on the type of car you have. i'd say over 70% of the nissan 350z, porsches, and corvettes i see dont have the front plates. ive seen cops looking right at the front of the cars and do nothing. i have a friend who had a beat up ford truck and didnt have one on for over 9 years and never got pulled over.

i had a honda civic tuner, lowered with a body kit and wing on the back...i was pulled over 3 times in a 4 week span. 2 warnings and 1 ticket.

got to love the s.a traffic cops......
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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I focus on reading new traffic laws and have found that when you are in an accident and the damage is to the front of the vehicle........guess what that means. The front bumper and the grill. Your plate must be displayed "at the front" and that my friend means the bumper or gril. Now what some people have not stated is that the car dealer is required by law to provide "at no cost to the buyer in the state of Texas" a bracket to display the license plate.
Additionally there is a statute that to the readibility of the license plate, so if the plate is laying at an angle, it can not be read so there for it is in violation. So just put it on the car like you are supposed to. It may be a lawthat might be an aggravation but its there so put the plate on and dont get stopped
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:02 PM
 
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I copied this directly from the statutes describing the manufacture and display of license plates.
License plates must be readable in daylight and night using low beam headlights under optimal conditions at a distance of no less than 75 feet.

Last edited by law book reader; 02-18-2010 at 12:05 PM.. Reason: added information
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