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01-20-2019 03:29 AM
xxaarraa I have lived in the DFW area for about a year. Both my previous car (a bright red C7) and current car (a bright kawasaki green Evora) have no front plate and I have not been hassled or pulled over yet. However, now that I have posted this, I expect to get pulled over everyday. Thanks Obama!
01-18-2019 06:34 PM
shay2nak
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Originally Posted by David Craig View Post
It sounds like the 2005 models had some exemption notice on the door. My 2009 Elise says "this meets all the legal requirements...".

Up here in Ontario we need a front plate. What bothers me is that between our 10 provinces and 3 territories, only 4 of 13 require that. It seems that one could argue that if the majority don't require a front plate that the other regions should drop that requirement.

Anyways I have been pulled over a few times and depending on the cop you can get a warning or a ticket. I've been able to go to court for each ticket and promise to add the plate. In each case the ticket was dismissed.
Bummer. The exemption IIRC was for 2 years. So all cars MY08 and newer would not be exempt.
01-18-2019 11:23 AM
David Craig It sounds like the 2005 models had some exemption notice on the door. My 2009 Elise says "this meets all the legal requirements...".

Up here in Ontario we need a front plate. What bothers me is that between our 10 provinces and 3 territories, only 4 of 13 require that. It seems that one could argue that if the majority don't require a front plate that the other regions should drop that requirement.

Anyways I have been pulled over a few times and depending on the cop you can get a warning or a ticket. I've been able to go to court for each ticket and promise to add the plate. In each case the ticket was dismissed.
01-17-2019 08:18 PM
shay2nak In Texas? Say it ain't so.

Tell the cop the Elise/Exige has a bumper exemption, it's on the sticker on the driver's door hinge. No bumper, no plate mount. Sorry, popo...
01-17-2019 08:06 PM
ajose89 This is great, any reason why it wouldn't work on the Evora?

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Originally Posted by Dephcon5 View Post
I didnt see if this was already done before so forgive me if this is not new and I know this has probably been beat to death, but my solution to the front plate mount came from Home Depot. It is a steel framing tie made by Simpson part number 128T. Cost about $6 or so and found near the framing lumber isle. Two bends about 45 deg and drill one hole for the M8. Used some double sided foam tape along the bottom.
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11-08-2014 10:49 AM
Top Flight Blackwatch racing makes a good mount via the tow hooks... Us in NY have had front plates for decades !!! Get ready for the police state across the country .
11-08-2014 07:49 AM
Luckybird Another solution using parts from Home Depot:

20-Gauge Simpson Strong-Tie
Simpson Strong-Tie 20-Gauge 1-1/4 in. x 9 in. Strap-LSTA9 at The Home Depot

Cut the piece in half. Make a few bends. Drill a couple of extra hole then paint it matte black to match the front grill.

Also added a few foam strips to the lower half of the license plate to protect the painted clam surface.
01-17-2014 12:13 PM
mr2by4
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Originally Posted by Dephcon5 View Post
I didnt see if this was already done before so forgive me if this is not new and I know this has probably been beat to death, but my solution to the front plate mount came from Home Depot. It is a steel framing tie made by Simpson part number 128T. Cost about $6 or so and found near the framing lumber isle. Two bends about 45 deg and drill one hole for the M8. Used some double sided foam tape along the bottom.
That is exactly what I was wanting to do. Thanks for posting this!
01-17-2014 11:50 AM
Dephcon5 I didnt see if this was already done before so forgive me if this is not new and I know this has probably been beat to death, but my solution to the front plate mount came from Home Depot. It is a steel framing tie made by Simpson part number 128T. Cost about $6 or so and found near the framing lumber isle. Two bends about 45 deg and drill one hole for the M8. Used some double sided foam tape along the bottom.
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10-11-2013 07:39 AM
Kujo Anybody using this product? Its cheaper than a $200 ticket. You can drive around with the plates hidden, then when the cop stops you, you press the button and the plates show up.

Altec Product Show N Go License Plate Transports - JEGS
10-10-2013 03:40 PM
IBuyNSell
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Originally Posted by Quash View Post
I've never gotten a ticket. I get 1-3 warnings a year...
Same here. Happens at least 3x per year. I always have the plate in the car with me and just tell the officer "the bracket just broke and a new one has been ordered, should have it in the mail soon."

Never been ticketed.
09-28-2013 07:16 AM
SRH After being pulled over, again, for a 10 over on the tollway when returning from Le Mans, I got a verbal warning for the plate but only after he handed me my $160+ ticket.

I was looking into solutions for the front plate already about a couple months ago when first hearing of this new addition to the law, but have yet to come across something I like. Some were talking that, by November, there could be yet another change—then again, people are usually just good at talking.

Edit: To add on to what you guys were saying, one cop gave me this spiel about how it aids in resolving issues where you run through a toll and the guy behind you is charged double, even with my brightly painted toll tag sitting right in front of him. Entertained, I was.
09-22-2013 06:29 AM
lotusdriver2001 Go ahead and fight it in California if you wish. Two things to consider though.

First the exemption is for the crash test of the bumper not whether a plate can be attached. The ONLY thing most judges would care about is that the plate is attched, right there.

Second, and probably more important for these kinds of laws, is that for every ticket that is admittied or found guilty the court will order you to pay an ADDITIONAL 50% of the fine to the "Courthouse Construction Fund". That's just how they build them around here.

Judge sure wants a new courthouse and after an unbiased trial they let you know how much you shall contribute. Sorry, the law states NO tax money to be used. They gotta earn new offices. I'm sure new offices will give better decisions in the future.
09-22-2013 05:51 AM
N252CE Last week driving the back roads from Austin to Dallas, on 281 north of Lampasses, I was pulled over and given a "Written Warning" for no front license on my GTI. My hunch is that next time, there is a good chance it will be a fine, since I've now been warned.

A bit of history.. I've been in Texas for 27+ years and have never had any issue with no front license plates on any of my cars. But, I'm now worried..

Also, everyone I talked to, laughed(!) at the mention of an exemption....
09-20-2013 10:15 PM
khearon23 Got my first warning for no plate this week. I had the plate in the rear if my Evora. I am not mounting in permanently, so I hope I can go another 19 months until the next stop.

This is one ridiculous law.


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09-19-2013 05:37 AM
Quash From Dallas, Texas here. I've never gotten a ticket. I get 1-3 warnings a year, and have been getting them since I first started driving back in 98. I used to collect them. Its a massive joke with my friends and colleagues. I dont mind being stopped every once in a while. I simply chalk it up to DWB
09-10-2013 08:54 AM
+TSRAGR It's a joke, but I caved last year and went with the heavy velcro solution after ornery cops on two occasions stopped me for having the plate on the dash. Windshield glare and a shallow viewing angle are what make this "illegal". Ironically, the annual safety inspections allowed the dash display!

It comes down to picking your fights. This isn't worth it as you're giving cops a reason to stop you time after time.
09-08-2013 09:33 PM
add_lightness
Just another way to collect some $$$

$200 for no front plate is nuts and obviously a way to just tack on some ticket tax income.

When I lived in LA, I didn't have a plate on the Porker, I never got pulled over for it. I did, however, get TWO tickets in the LAX parking facility. Cops patrolled the parking lots, looking for scofflaws without plates. Is there no more important crime you could be using resources to solve?

Long story short, I switched to a private parking facility when leaving the car at LAX. No more tickets. Now in TX, and no plates on the cartoon car...time will tell...
09-03-2013 06:26 PM
rxya11 Ohio law requires a front plate. Haven't got pull ove in the elise yet, but I did get pull over in my mini. Told the officer it wasn't a moving violation and she didnt have any other reasons to stop me. So she let me go
09-03-2013 06:05 PM
Surge I am planning to use a long (6-7") screw (M8) in place of the tow hook. I have drilled a hole through the license plate so that I can attach it to this screw. This will allow me to remove the front plate easily, and will "project" it about an inch away from the front grill/splitter.
Problem is I cannot find a suitably long M8 bolt. Any ideas?
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