In Reply to: Re: Front license plates in CA? posted by Scott on October 09, 1999 at 19:02:09:
: I havent put front plates on any of my previous cars, and I live in California (Bay Area). I have been pulled over twice for speeding in the past 3 years and the cop never even mentioned anything about the missing plate (and he even looked in the front too). I wouldn't worry about it, if you don't like the look of the front plate, don't put it on. If you get a fix-it-ticket...who cares? They don't count as points on your record.
: I will NOT be putting a front plate on my 2000 323Ci when it arrives in November.
It is true that they don't count as points on your record. But, in order to resolve a fix-it ticket, you do have to fix the car (i.e. put a front license plate on) and then drive to a California DMV center and have an inspector sign off on the repair. Of course, you could then just take the front plate off again. I don't know the consequences of getting a second fix-it ticket for the same item, but the second fine would probably be substantially higher than the first. My advice is, go without the plate if you want to. But after the first ticket, fix the problem and keep it fixed.
Also, I'll mention a story that was on a local news station last week here in Southern Cal. It seems that the city of Hollywood is installing plenty of these new automated speed limit enforcers (the kind that clock your speed, take a picture of your front license, and mail you a speeding ticket). To prevent speeders from evading these tickets (by simply removing their front plates), the Hollywood police and stopping and ticketing lots of cars for no other reason than having a missing plate.