Archive for Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Legislature approves restrictions on personalized license plates

April 1, 2009


You think you’re the biggest KU FAN and you have that proudly stamped on your state personalized license plate.

The Legislature may be messing with you.

A bill sent Wednesday to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ desk would limit a specific combination of letters, numbers or both on a plate to only one vehicle in the state. Currently, a specific combination of letters, numbers or both on a plate can be given to one vehicle in each of Kansas’ 105 counties.

The Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles said the proposed limitation would save programming costs on its new vehicle information system.

But state Rep. Ron Worley, R-Lenexa, didn’t like the idea of essentially “eliminating a lot of personalized licensed plates.”

His motion, however, to reject the bill died on a 62-62 vote.

The measure was later approved 86-38, sending it to Sebelius for consideration.

It was part of a larger bill dealing with several other changes to the law regarding distinctive license plates.


d_prowess 9 years, 2 months ago

I always thought it was crazy that you could have the same license plate as someone else in Kansas as long as you were in a different county. So while this change makes sense to me, it sounds like a nightmare having to tell some people they need to give up their plates!

gccs14r 9 years, 2 months ago

Who thought it was a good idea to have multiples of the same plate number in a state? When the county designator was clearly stamped in 2" letters on the left side, that was one thing, but when they went to the little stickers, they should have switched to a statewide unique numbering system, making the stickers superfluous. No wonder the cops complained about the original design and got the sticker size increased.

average 9 years, 2 months ago

Getting people off their plates part does sound like fun, though. Longest holder (if that can be determined)? Random pick? Bids? My suspicion is that it's been that way since the old "D over G" plates, and rather than whack that nest at that point, they kept the county-based system.

Mike Blur 9 years, 2 months ago

gccs14r, cops did not complain about the original design of the Kansas tags back in 1989. I remember this well. It was the hayseeds in small counties throughout Kansas that complained to their legislators about the small letters practically invisible in the upper left corner. Something about wanting to know if there were "interlopers" into their domains. The KS legislature then passed a hurried bill requiring the larger letters at no small expense.

That said, you all know that this is simply a precursor to simplify the process for identifying red-light violators caught by cameras. That technology is coming folks, and I embrace it fully. It's getting less and less expensive (and conversely, more lucrative via citations) to deploy cameras at high volume intersections to catch red-light runners. Otherwise, there's no reason to require every vehicle in the state of Kansas to have unique license plate nomenclature.

Bob Burton 9 years, 2 months ago

Mike, To clarify the county sticker, we can not profile you if there is no sticker.. Also there can be 315 plates with the five letters or numbers, car, truck & motorcycle per county.. As far as running red lites, that can be stopped by increasing the yellow lite to 7 seconds.. Course the citys get no money that way..

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