Repeal the Missouri (MO) Front License Plate Law

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Repeal the Missouri (MO) Front License Plate Law

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Tiara Harris started this petition to Missouri State House and
We are requesting the repeal of the Missouri Law 301.130.5, RSMo - the front license plate requirement.  Nineteen US states no longer require a front license plate and Missouri should become the 20th.  Neighboring states such as Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma are among the 19 states which only require one license plate.  There are over 5.8M passenger cars/trucks registered in Missouri.  The state of Missouri can save over $1 Million per year in manufacturing costs alone by implementing this long standing requested legislative change (per the assumptions provided in the Jan 31, 2013 Fiscal Note 0096-01). Missouri currently exempts "motorcycles, vehicles with historic Year of Manufacture registrations, and commercial vehicles registered for 18,000 lbs or above" from the dual license plate regulation. Not only are front license plates are unsightly and purposeless for modern day, but they are also enforced unfairly and inconsistently.  Missouri residents are constantly pulled over, harassed, and fined for missing front license plates and/or for "improper" display of the front plate.  The rule is disproportionate enforced based on its objective criteria.  (i) The gravity of the offense and the harshness of the penalty (ii) the penalties imposed on other offenders in the same jurisdiction; and (iii) the penalties imposed for commission of the same offense in other jurisdictions.  Some police officers take the missing front plate very seriously by issuing citations, unwarrantedly searching cars, or escalating the minor traffic stop to a higher level; while other police officers view the requirement as unimportant on their list of significant duties.  Front plate regulation enforcement and consequences are unfair to all Missouri residents.  Police resources would be better served in other areas of more importance. We are asking that you pass a bill that will no longer require a front license plate on passenger cars/trucks in the state of Missouri.  

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This petition had 12 supporters