I don’t like license plates. I don’t like vehicle registration. They are just money makers for the state and generally pains in the butt. What does a license plate do? It identifies the car. Does it identify the driver? No. Does it prevent stolen cars? Nope. Just change the plates, about a 1 minute operation.
Just think about it… do you need a license plate? Do you use them? Who uses them? The Government! Do they use them to help you?
The only thing license plates and registration stickers do is make money for the state, give police a reason to stop you, and in general cause you pains in the butt once a year times every vehicle you own.
If I were Governor of Utah one of the things I’d love to get rid of is vehicle registration and the bureaucracy it creates. I’d also eliminate license plates, but permit any store to sell Utah plates with random numbers on them for traveling in other states.
Some states, like Georgia, are buying automatic license plate readers that automatically scan license plates in parking lots or even while driving looking for hits on BOLOs and expired registration. They sell it as a theft aid:
Last October, Lt. Scott Burke of the Portsmouth, Va., Police Department said he took one of their new systems out for a test, and in 33 minutes got a "hit" on a sedan reported stolen in a carjacking.
But the real reason is so they can make money finding expired tags. And ultimately to track your movements.
We need to pay for roads, but with driving ubiquitous, road infrastructure should be paid for out of general taxation.
License plates pose a privacy and government intrusion risk – they should be eliminated.