Missouri HB 1182 – Requires only one motor vehicle license plate for certain motor vehicles

Bill No.:
HB 1182
Bill Location:
MissouriAssembly / House
Bill Title:

Requires only one motor vehicle license plate for certain motor vehicles

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UPDATE May 30, 2019: 2019 Legislative Session adjourned without taking action on this bill.

UPDATE May 17, 2019: Bill referred to House Transportation Committee.

House Bill 1182 was introduced on February 28, 2019. It has since been read a second time in the House.

The bill would require a single license plate per vehicle rather than the current dual license plate (front and back) standard. There are many reasons for supporting a single license plate standard. Among them:

  • The front license plate is redundant and unnecessary.
  • 19 states have already eliminated the front license plate
  • No state has switched from one plate to two plates in several decades and it is easy to understand why: drivers don’t want to drill holes into the front bumpers of their cars to accommodate an additional plate
  • Requiring one rather than two plates is a revenue-saving measure for the state
  • Important safety technology such as proximity and traffic sensors are present on the front bumpers of modern cars, which impede and can be damaged by attempts to install a front plate
  • It would conserve non-renewable natural resources (aluminum and fuel)
  • One less plate per vehicle means less opportunity for automatic license plate readers used by for-profit data collectors to identify motorists and track their movements

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