Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dood writes: You might already be aware that in 2020, Ohio will move from the list of states requiring front and rear license plates to the list requiring only rear. I’ve lived in and spent a lot of time in many states (not a whole lot in Ohio though). A characteristic that I’ve noticed about the 2-plate states vs the 1-plate is that the 2-plate states tend to be less automotive-friendly. I’m talking about things like registration/licensing fees, speed limits, higher personal property taxes, speed and red-light cameras, speeding penalties, stricter enforcement, etc. Would you say that the Ohio change is potentially a good thing, and what are your thoughts in general about 1-plate vs 2-plate states?
My reply: I amen your theory – as someone who lives in a two-plate state (Virginia). My state is very automotive-unfriendly; examples include automatic “reckless driving” for driving faster than 20 MPH above any posted speed limit… and faster than 80, anywhere – even on highways with a 70 MPH speed limit. VA also imposed exorbitant ($1,000-plus) fines on “aggressive” drivers – though this was rescinded. And VA is the only state in the entire country that prohibits the use of radar detectors. It also aggressively enforces the two-plate fatwa – which mutilates the car and makes it easier to mulct the motorist.
So, yes – I think Ohio going to one-plate is a (small) step in the right direction. Even though Automated License Plate Readers (APLRs) largely obviate the under-the-radar advantages of just one plate, you won’t have to mutilate your car’s front end – and that’s worth something!
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