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Senate Bill 1307 — License plates, single

Senate Bill 1307 — License plates, single

by
Parrish Miller
February 13, 2022
Parrish Miller
February 13, 2022

Bill Description: Senate Bill 1307 would remove the requirement for front license plates for most vehicles in Idaho. 

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Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce any taxes, fees, or other assessments?

Senate Bill 1307 would amend Section 49-428, Idaho Code, to remove the requirement that vehicles in Idaho display a front license plate. Rear license plates would still be required. Exceptions would exist for tractors and wreckers, with the former still required to display its plate in front and the latter required to display its plate in a manner that is visible even when a vehicle is being towed.

This change is estimated to save Idahoans $1.4 million per year.

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Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for nonviolent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes?

Many vehicles are not designed to accommodate front license plates, and each year, people are ticketed and fined for not drilling into their vehicles in order to bolt on a front plate. This is despite the fact that their vehicles are properly registered and have a properly displayed rear plate. 

Currently, 20 states do not require front license plates for these and other reasons. 

Senate Bill 1307 would save Idahoans from being ticketed for the victimless infraction of failing to display a front license plate.

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