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Old 12-06-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Texas license plate thread. Merged.

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/36/3656.asp

The short of it, it's still illegal, but there's now no punishment for not having one.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:07 PM   #2
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Download pdf, run no plates, show cop said pdf=winż?
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:11 PM   #3
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hah we were talking about this the other week in govt class



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Old 12-06-2011, 08:32 PM   #4
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son of a bitch! i just screwed mine into my damn foglight cover because i got "pulled over" while pumping gas do to it being in my windshield.



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Old 12-06-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
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wow, amazing.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:01 PM   #6
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Come on now guys. We can't expect our elected officials to read every piece of paper that gets voted into law. Not when there's golf to be played and vacations to be taken.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:22 PM   #7
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No plates til 2013
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:30 PM   #8
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:17 PM   #9
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no front plates FTW!!!
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:36 PM   #10
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its funny, in the last 3 years of running no front plate (the vette didnt have one and neither does the subaru), Ive never been pulled over for it. Take that back...



I was told one night by some rookie cop downtown when he pulled me over in the vette I need to get one on there...but no ticket. Guy was nice, and it was 330ish in the morning and I had a girl I was doing a photoshoot of with me.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:41 PM   #11
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I got pulled over once for no front plate by a state trooper. But as I was headed home from work and was still in my firefighter uniform, he let me know why he pulled me over and them told me to be safe.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:43 PM   #12
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I got pulled over once for no front plate by a state trooper. But as I was headed home from work and was still in my firefighter uniform, he let me know why he pulled me over and them told me to be safe.
damn, strippers always get let go...
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:46 PM   #13
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Of all the times i've ever gotten pulled over. Only once has actually been for a front plate. I was given a warning and I'm pretty sure it was because I was driving the Miata with the gf......
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:34 AM   #14
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I didn't read the actual wording of the law, but it sounds like they can still cite you, they just cant impose a fine...

someone correct me, please.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:58 AM   #15
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damn, strippers always get let go...
You still owe me tree fitty.

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I didn't read the actual wording of the law, but it sounds like they can still cite you, they just cant impose a fine...

someone correct me, please.
That's the jyst of it.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:01 PM   #16
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Default Texas License Plates Become Optional

Texas legislature accidentally deletes penalty for failing to display a license plate.

A number of special interest groups have fought over the design of specialty license plates in Texas over the past few weeks. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People cheered the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) board last month for rejecting a "Sons of Confederate Veterans" plate the group found racially offensive. An American Indian group blasted a plate honoring the Buffalo Soldiers, a regiment of black troops who served in the US Army from the end of the Civil War through 1951. These plate conflicts may turn out to be unnecessary because beginning on January 1, 2012, the use of license plates in the Lone Star State becomes optional.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, current law mandates the display of two license plates -- one at the front and another at the rear of a vehicle. Failure to comply is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a $200 fine under Texas Code Section 502.404. As part of a sweeping revision of the state vehicle code, however, that provision will soon disappear.

House Bill 2357 was intended as a non-controversial 234-page update to existing law. It passed the state House on May 29 voted 139-6 and the state Senate 31-0, receiving the signature of Governor Rick Perry (R) on June 17.

"The motor vehicle statutes were codified in 1995, but there has not been a complete reorganization of substance since before that time," Representative Joseph Pickett (D-El Paso) wrote in his justification of the legislation. "This bill directly addresses the problem of the statutes being outdated in regard to automation and organization."

As part of the update, the new law deleted the license plate statute, returning parts of it to Section 502.473 and 504.943. In moving around the legal language, the bill went through the entire legislative process without anybody noticing that a key line was deleted without providing a replacement: "An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $200."

Without the line, it is not clear whether police officers or courts would have the authority to impose a punishment on drivers who chose not to display license plates or registration stickers, especially in jurisdictions that still use red light cameras. Driving with a false or altered plate remains a misdemeanor, however. Lawmakers will not have a chance to remedy their mistake until January 8, 2013 when the legislature reconvenes, unless Governor Perry calls a special session specifically to address the license plate issue.

A copy of the legislation as enacted is available in a 650k PDF file at the source link below.

http://www.thenewspaper.com/rlc/docs/2011/tx-hb2357.pdf
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:17 PM   #17
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I guess this sounds cool, but a cop will still write you a ticket and your time will be wasted having to go to court to get it dismissed. Not worth it to me if this even slides through.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:23 PM   #18
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:26 PM   #19
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I didn't read the actual wording of the law, but it sounds like they can still cite you, they just cant impose a fine...

someone correct me, please.
Problur also made a thread about this and like I said there, a cop is still going to write you a ticket even if you hand him your cute little printed out pdf. Your time will still be wasted getting it dismissed in court.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:29 PM   #20
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I have never run a front plate and never will.
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:48 PM   #21
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I got pulled over for speeding(7 over) in september and I know the cop saw my WRX plate delete. Didnt say a word to me. He did however complement me on my choice of car while writing the ticket
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:42 PM   #22
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I have never put a front plate on in 34 years.
Kiss my Butt!!!!!!!
Most of them can't read anyways (JK).
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:02 PM   #23
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I've been warned for it once or twice, and ticketed for it once.

The time I was ticketed was ridiculous, the cop literally almost caused an accident while ripping into traffic to come after me. Ends up pulling me over, lecturing me on all the reasons I should have a front plate, and gives me a ticket. I got out of the ticket by taping the front plate on, taking a picture, and mailing it to the court. So dumb.
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:10 PM   #24
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So they can still find you guilty and charge you court costs.
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:19 PM   #25
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I don't understand how they can possibly cite you for something that will no longer be illegal. Besides, I haven't run front plates on any cars for 30+ years. Only once was ticketed, but that was piling on top of a speeding situation where he was trying to find anything and everything he could throw at me. When they correct the legislation, they should make it so the front plate is optional or move to just 1 plate.
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