Attention Texas Users: New Front License Plate Law

Discussion in 'Texas' started by snoopyc4, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. snoopyc4

    snoopyc4 Moderator Advanced User Premium Member

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  2. jfraymond

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    Good news.
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013
  3. SpeedCounterMeasures

    SpeedCounterMeasures Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    Come on Ohio! I dislike the front plate.
     
  4. Won Hunglo

    Won Hunglo Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    I will keep my plate. I like center mass shots.
     
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  5. RedRocket

    RedRocket Photon Dispensator Advanced User Premium Member

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    Hey Won,what ever happened to "sportsmanship",I vote to take away the "Easy Button" ! ;)
     
  6. Qui-Gon

    Qui-Gon PSL +15 Advanced User

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    Wish NY would do away with front plates too...
     
  7. Andrew21

    Andrew21 "All Blade, All The Time" Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    forget it with Cuomo-the-Homo in office that will never happen.
     
  8. Qui-Gon

    Qui-Gon PSL +15 Advanced User

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    I know, wishful thinking... :(
     
  9. prasamin

    prasamin Learning to Drive General User

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    nice...no new holes in my freshly painted bumper, then!
     
  10. powerhogger

    powerhogger Learning to Drive General User

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    AWESOME!! Already don't run front plates anyway though :D
     
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  11. twawsico

    twawsico Premium Member Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Just to be clear, this is only a proposed bill that has not yet been passed, correct?
     
  12. ray

    ray PSL +15 Advanced User

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    Based on the brief research I did, I believe it did pass. The only caveat I see is at the bottom. If you were issued two plates, one for the front and one for the back prior to Sept. 1st, 2013, it looks like technically you will still need a front plate. After Sept. 1st 2013,you will only be issued 1 plate. But the likelihood that the front plate will be enforced should be nil. Unless they use it as an excuse to pull you over to talk to you for some reason, to "check you out" maybe. I have a feeling that a lot of folks will be pulling theirs off. I will be. I guess I will find out what will happen. More than likely nothing.
     
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  13. jfraymond

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    I think Sept 1st will be a good day to go down and get new plate......I'm thinkin the new black plate i have been seeing lately. :)
     
  14. Woodscolby

    Woodscolby PSL +15 Advanced User

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  15. twawsico

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    It also isn't the only current bill relating to Texas license plates.

    HB 625 looks like an attempt to fix their previous mistake of omitting the penalty for not displaying a plate http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB625

    HB 557 looks like 657 (to change it so that only one plate will be issued)... I haven't looked closely enough to see what differences there are between this and HB 657 http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB557

    As Woodscolby pointed out, these bills to only require one plate are still a long way from becoming law. Check this one out from 2009 that didn't make it... just getting referred to the Transportation committee doesn't mean squat. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB309
     
  16. Carlos

    Carlos Learning to Drive General User

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    Wow, Our Texas legislators find more reasons to not make a simple decision. what next ?
     
  17. PointerCone

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  18. jfraymond

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    As I understand it when they renewed/updated the traffic laws during the last session (TX congress only meets a few months every 2 years) they accidentally ommited the section that called for 2 plates and it was passed and signed before anyone noticed. The governor was supposed to call a special session to "fix" the ommission but to my knowledge they have not done that yet. SO technically as of right now it is legal to only display 1 plate....unfortunately law enforcement either dont know, or choose to ignore the mistake and will pull you over for it....I guess it is then up to you to goto court and have it dismissed. Just as a FYI you have always been able to "sorta" get around it by the way the old law was written by simply placing the front plate on the dash where it is visible thru the front windsheild.... you still get stopped but save yourself the ticket.


    I'm picking up a new racing setup from a guy in the next few weeks and when i go into register the towrig and trailer and get new plates I'll ask the county tax assessor about it in more detail.
     
  19. twawsico

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    Not true, from everything I have read. They didn't omit the part of the law that calls for two plates. They omitted the part that specifies the penalty/fine. Many have mistakenly considered it to no longer be required since there is technnically no fine/penalty specified for breaking that law. But I guess if there's no penalty, you could reason that it doesn't matter. I'm not sure how this has since been handled in court, though. News article: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/...-mistake-jeopardizes-license-plate-l-1/nRhF2/

    HB 625, that's currently in committee, will add the penalty phrasing back in if it is passed.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  20. Won Hunglo

    Won Hunglo Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    For the younger crowd, learn like us older guys did:

    [video=youtube;H-eYBZFEzf8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-eYBZFEzf8[/video]