Senate Approves Bill Removing License Plates from Some Front Bumpers

The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that would remove the requirement that license plates be attached to the front bumpers of SOME vehicles.

Front plates would still be required on commercial vehicles, like semis and delivery trucks, but antique vehicles and newer, luxury vehicles that require gluing or drilling into the bumper to mount a plate would be exempt.

That’s Dan Zumbach of Ryan, one of 29 senators who voted for the bill. Seventeen senators opposed the move. Senator Kevin Kinney of Oxford, a retired Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy, says a front license plate is a tool for law enforcement.

Kinney says one was a convenience store robbery and the other two were bank robberies where the front license plates were recorded on security footage the crime scene. Another senator said the bill would be a financial hit for a company in Marion that makes license plate frames for front bumper plates.

If the bill becomes law, police would not be able to make traffic stops solely on the basis of a missing front license plate.

 

story courtesy of Radio Iowa

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