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Old 07-12-2008, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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California requires front plates and the only vehicles where they don't mess up the front aerodynamics have huge flat bumpers, like SUVs or trucks. Are there any states which allow stickers or even painted on numbers instead of front plates? I believe the primary reason California requires front plates is so that they can identify the car at a red light camera. Personally I'd be perfectly happy to put a sticker on the front bumper, or even the roof, with letters twice as high as the ones on my front plate now. These could be like "rock blockers", so no adhesive and no damage to the paint.

Maybe we should try to convince Arnold (and the other front plate states' governors) to push through an alternate plate number display ordinance, as an emergency measure to save gas? I mean, it makes a lot of sense - the states end up with more cars than now with "front plates" and the drivers would save on gas, at least on the highway.

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California requires front plates and the only vehicles where they don't mess up the front aerodynamics have huge flat bumpers, like SUVs or trucks. Are there any states which allow stickers or even painted on numbers instead of front plates? I believe the primary reason California requires front plates is so that they can identify the car at a red light camera. Personally I'd be perfectly happy to put a sticker on the front bumper, or even the roof, with letters twice as high as the ones on my front plate now. These could be like "rock blockers", so no adhesive and no damage to the paint.

Maybe we should try to convince Arnold (and the other front plate states' governors) to push through an alternate plate number display ordinance, as an emergency measure to save gas? I mean, it makes a lot of sense - the states end up with more cars than now with "front plates" and the drivers would save on gas, at least on the highway.
Yeah pasadena,since the Governator is all about green now,maybe the State House and Senate could do some retro-legislation,deleting the front plate in the name of Clean Air Act Satandards, and in response to President Bush's comment about America's addiction to foreign oil.Perhaps you can do a form letter mass- mailing to Sacramento.
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I don't think California requires front plates. Just the rear.

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5201. License plates shall at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle for which they are issued so as to prevent the plates from swinging, shall be mounted in a position so as to be clearly visible, and shall be maintained in a condition so as to be clearly legible. The rear license plate shall be mounted not less than 12 inches nor more than 60 inches from the ground, and the front license plate shall be mounted not more than 60 inches from the ground
And I've seen people just stick the front license plate on their dash so its still visible outside through the windshield.

Just don't block the plate from sight as said here

but there is this caveat which runs counter to the first code I listed:

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5200. (a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.

(b) When only one license plate is issued for use upon a vehicle, it shall be attached to the rear thereof , unless the license plate is issued for use upon a truck tractor, in which case the license plate shall be displayed in accordance with Section 4850.5.
Amended Sec. 27, Ch. 594, Stats. 2003. Effective January 1, 2004.
So I guess just asking someone in authority or an expert in your region's laws and see if its ok to just translocate the front plate to the dashboard. I really couldn't find it in the vehicle codes that said it was not allowed but I've quoted things that are a little confusing/counterintuitive.
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I think the premise that the front plate ruins aero is faulty.
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just use it to partially block the grill

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Hi All,

Like Vince said. On my Prius I used J hooks in the holes of the plate, and hooked into the top edge of the bumper above the grill. I used 2 nuts on each nut, so the plate cannot slide backward up the bolt. Along with the interferance of the grill against the shank of the bolt and the plate, they plate is well secured.
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im from ct and they require it for everybody but motorcycles, my plate helps me out since i use it as a partial grill block.
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just use it to partially block the grill

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But Frank has a very good point. It's arguable that the mod won't gain you anything.

I have heard both things regarding California law. I think you won't get pulled over for having your front plate on your dash, but you'll probably get grief if your pulled over for something else.

I was thinking of using reflective-backed numbers that match the size of my license *and* match the reflectivity of California plates (by shear accident) *and* leaving the front plate on my dash. Even though I would be exceeding the spirit of the law, it's been argued that I would be accused of "counterfeiting" the plate, so I didn't do it.

I have also seen "Euro-plates" in LA, which are narrower and therefore easier to fit onto a bumper.

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Today I remounted my front plate lower and with two black plastic mud flaps I now have a complete lower grill block. I still have the 3/4" factory gap between the bumper and hood. Today it was 95 degrees, I drove my 30 mile commute home from work and the temp stayed the same. Next mod will be to lower the car approx. 2". 50.1 mpg and gaining.

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