New Jersey bill would forbid efforts to conceal license plates

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Thursday, July 31, 2014

A push underway at the New Jersey statehouse would forbid merchandise intended to conceal license plates.

New Jersey law already prohibits drivers from obscuring license plate numbers.

The Assembly voted 74-5 to advance a bill to the Senate that would go one step further. Specifically, the bill would prohibit the sale, purchase and possession of merchandise designed to conceal or otherwise obscure license plates to evade law enforcement.

Violators would face fines up to $500 or as much as 60 days behind bars.

A change made to the bill would exempt from liability newspapers that publish classified advertising for the affected merchandise.

Various types of license plate concealers are available. Products range from retractable license plate holders, anti-photo license plate covers and sprays designed to reflect flashes from cameras along toll roads, highways and intersections posted with enforcement cameras.

A2969 awaits consideration in the Senate Transportation Committee.

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