Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Elmwood Park
Location: Elmwood Park
Sportbike: 1984 FXE, 1966 Triumph, 2000 FLHTC
Years Riding: Bought new 1984, Riding 44yrs
How you found us: ABATE of Illinois, Chicago
Verticle License Plates
Hmmmmm, maybe we should look into it here also.
New Vertical Plate Law 8/1/2010
A Victory for Custom Motorcycle Riders and Builders in Minnesota
Some of you may remember that the Minnesota State Patrol brought some
concerns about vertical license plates to the Minnesota Legislature
during the 2008 session. The state patrol, like many other police
agencies, use license plate scanners in their patrol cars that can read
up to 1,000 plates per minute, the problem was they couldn't read the
vertical plates on motorcycles or cars. It didn't take too much to sneak
this law through and after the 2008 session vertical plates were
illegal, but not for long.
Our State Coordinator got together with A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota's
lobbying team and they started to work the problem. That is when our
good friends State Senators Amy Koch and Ray Vandeveer stepped forward
to carry our bill.
This wasn't an easy slam dunk, the state patrol didn't want to give up
its ability to read motorcycle plates and Mack didn't want the custom
bike folks to lose the right to trick out their rides. It took a lot of
creative thinking to come up with a solution, but in the end that's what
happened. The new law hit the Governor's desk and he signed it into law.
We should also send out a special word of thanks to Senator Steve Murphy
for helping move this bill through his Transportation Committee.
Here is how it works. The DVS will start to offer vertical reading
license plates. You will be able to mount these plates in vertical
license plate brackets and law enforcement's scanners will still be able
to read them. If you have something to hide from the law it doesn't
matter what kind of plate you are running and I can't help you. Riders
can start placing orders with the DVS in July and the new law will take
effect August 1st. The plates can be ordered just like vanity plates,
veteran plates, etc. You will have to pay an extra fee for the plate but
if you run vertical plates these new vertical reading plates should keep
you out of trouble and if you sell the bike you can keep the plate for
your next custom ride.
There are a couple of lessons to be learned from this whole experience.
The first is pretty simple; it pays to have friends down at the State
Capitol. Those letters, emails, and personnel contacts have really paid
off and having 1,000 boots on the ground for Bikeday helped make a
difference as well.
The second lesson, guard well your freedom, once gone its hell to get
back. The bottom line is we need to keep a full time presence at the
Capitol so pesky little laws like this one don't fly under our radar.
You can change a law back but you always seem to lose a little bit of
freedom when you do.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments and thank
you for supporting freedom of the road.
A.B.A.T.E. of MN Legislative Director
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
State Reps Program Director
MN State MRF Rep
MRF Board Member