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User currently onlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3506 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4737 times:

I returned from a trip to San Francisco today and wanted to ask a question about something I noticed there. I also noticed this in Los Angeles last year.

Why do some cars have both a front and rear plate, some just a rear plate and some no plate at all (except for the dealer's full advertisement plate)? I know in Ontario you need a front and rear plate or a just a yellow dealer plate on the back. What is the law in CA? Why did some cars have no front plate or no plate at all?

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User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

I believe the law in California is both front AND back plates are required, the law however may be loosely enforced in some locales, as it is in many states across the country.

Many states do not require front plates at all.



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User currently offlineBaylorairbear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

Quoting N312RC (Reply 1):
the law however may be loosely enforced in some locales, as it is in many states across the country.

That's right. All of my pick-ups and SUV's in ACT and SAN have front and rear plates, but I'll be damned if anything is gonna be hung from the front of my 575M! I'll gladly pay the fine.

BAB



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User currently onlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3506 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4724 times:

Does anyone from CA have an answer on this? Also, I saw a few cars with plates that said CONSUL at the top. What does that mean? I am not familiar with American titles.


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26414 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4723 times:

Quoting Baylorairbear (Reply 2):
but I'll be damned if anything is gonna be hung from the front of my 575M! I'll gladly pay the fine.

It is a fix it ticket.

Quoting N312RC (Reply 1):
I believe the law in California is both front AND back plates are required, the law however may be loosely enforced in some locales, as it is in many states across the country.

It is rather stringently enforced in CA, to the point that police can and do pull people over for it.

Quoting JAGflyer (Thread starter):
What is the law in CA?

The law in CA is that you must have front and rear plates on at all times if plates have been issued. This is for one reason, red light cameras, which made their US debut in Beverly Hills, CA and Oxnard, CA. If your plates have not been delivered yet, you will have a RS (Report of Sale) displayed in your windshield and either no plate or the advertisment for the dealer.

Quoting JAGflyer (Thread starter):
Why did some cars have no front plate or no plate at all?

No front plate cars were either out of state cars or Californians who are trying their luck. No plates were in all likelyhood new or used cars that had just been purchased and had no plates.



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User currently offlinePetmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4714 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
It is rather stringently enforced in CA, to the point that police can and do pull people over for it.

That actually surprises me. I know in CT we're suppose to and I've heard that cops will pull you over but I've never heard of it happening.

On a side note : one of my cars I hit a guard rail and lost the front plate with the bumper. When I had it repaired, the dealer didn't put a plate bracket on plus I didn't have the plate to put up front. Technically can I get in trouble for this?



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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

As far as I know, "Consul" on a plate usually refers to the fact that the car is registered to a consulate or diplomatic mission of some kind. Owners or authorized drivers of such vehicles may be subject to certain kinds of immunity. In fact, not long ago, vehicles in New York City with diplomatic plates, often attached to the United Nations, were violating parking laws left and right to the extent that there were calls for a crackdown.

[Edited 2006-03-18 06:35:48]

User currently offlineBaylorairbear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

Quoting Petmbro (Reply 5):
Technically can I get in trouble for this?

Yes, law is law. An alternative is to set your plate on the front dash. That's also dangerous. People in sports cars do this a lot. Pretty much the only time you'll get a ticket for it is if they want to jerk your chain or if you're an ass to them.

BAB



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User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4694 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 3):
Also, I saw a few cars with plates that said CONSUL at the top. What does that mean?

Did it look like this??



If so, it really isn't a California plate at all- these are given to Consular officers of the different missions all around the country. There are also Diplomatic and Staff plates that look very similar but convey different diplomatic privilages. All these plates are administered by the U.S. Department of State which issues drivers licenses as well to Diplomats.

In cities like Washington and NY there are literally like every third car- in other large cities like S.F. or Miami they are quite common.



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User currently offlineAircop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4656 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
The law in CA is that you must have front and rear plates on at all times if plates have been issued. This is for one reason, red light cameras, which made their US debut in Beverly Hills, CA and Oxnard, CA. If your plates have not been delivered yet, you will have a RS (Report of Sale) displayed in your windshield and either no plate or the advertisment for the dealer.

Not true; California required both plates long before red light cameras came into existence. Front plates are a handly tool for law enforcement. From my experiences with the CHP, the front plate came in handly whenever an APB (stolen vehicle, emergency message, other crime) came out, the officer can see the plate as the vehicle approached. Not only that, states with two plates have a higher stolen vehicle recovery rate. Besides, you're paying so much for your plates in California you might has well get two.


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