GOP lawmaker seeks to clarify obscured license plate law

GOP lawmaker seeks to clarify obscured license plate law

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – In the span of five years, from July 2016 to July 2021, police issued 482,481 citations to New Jersey drivers who had partially obscured license plates. In light of a recent Supreme Court ruling that gives drivers a basis to appeal infractions, Assemblyman Ron Dancer is pushing for legislation that would clarify the law.

“My bill will help prevent thousands of drivers from being pulled over for minor license plate frame violations,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “New Jersey drivers should not have to spend time and money seeking recourse through the court system. The law as it is written is too vague and needs to be clarified by the state legislature.”

Under Dancer’s bill (A4099), dealer-issued license plate frames or holders that do not cover registration numbers and letters would not be in violation of the law.

“Many New Jerseyans drive off the lot of a dealership with branded license plate frames and have no idea that they could possibly receive a ticket,” Dancer said. “As long as pertinent letters and numbers are recognizable on a plate, a person should be free from unwarranted interactions with police who have much better uses for their time.”

The bill has been referred to the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.