Commentary – The License plate scam

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The License plate scam

As has been noted in previous NewsDesk articles, the 2015 legislature approved a request from Nevada DMV to reissue new plates, replacing all license plates that are over eight years old.

The newer “flat plates” the state opted to manufacture several years ago because they were cheaper to produce than the embossed plates, are now considered unacceptable. In addition, while they were at it, they determined that all embossed plates over eight years old are also now considered unacceptable.

This replacement program will begin in July 2016.

The oldest plates will be recalled first. So, while you may not be paying particular attention at the moment, if you have current, embossed plates that were first issued more than eight years ago, come July 1, 2016 you can start looking for that DMV notice to replace them, regardless of their condition.

This is not new news, but I guarantee that when the notices start arriving in people’s mailboxes a year from now, there are going to be more than a few folks with perfectly conditioned, older embossed plates that will be more than a little upset.

In a June 28, 2015 Nevada Appeal article by Geoff Dornan, it was reported a new $3.8 million license plate “tag plant” was to open in Carson City on July 6, 2015. The plant manager explained how the embossed (raised letters/numbers) will be produced with ‘state of the art’ machinery, and that all those folks who have been unhappy with the “flat plates” will now be able to get embossed plates.

This is a logical reason to impose this new law on all vehicle plates?

DMV promoted this idea by explaining the “flat plates” only have a life-span of 8 to 10 years before flaking. Within that logic, they determined ALL plates must be replaced every eight years.

Before you who have specialized plates, or favorite numbered plates, get too worried, your new plates will be identical to what you have now.

Each new plate will cost you $3.50, plus an additional dollar for a personalized plate.

The plates on my car are over eight years old and in perfect, readable condition. It simply irritates the heck out of me that these plates must be replaced upon notice from our state DMV. While there may be perfectly good reasons to replace the “flat plates”, I see no justification to place this additional cost and inconvenience on Nevada drivers who already have embossed plates that meet law enforcement specifications.

There has to be some other reason the majority of our legislators determined to place this mind-boggling edict upon us. (Only two State Senators and 13 State Assemblymen voted against this bill.) With no sensible logic to it, all I can assume is that it was approved as another way to add additional money to state coffers without calling it a new tax; Or, perhaps replacing only the now unacceptable “flat plates’” would not support the building of the new $3.8 million “tag plant”.

Perhaps you could add this to the list of questions to ask your state representatives when they come to your meetings to fill you in on the good things accomplished by the 2015 legislature.

Think about it.

Nancy Dallas, Editor/Publisher

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