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Ohio Might Ditch Front License Plates

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Many states in the U.S. require vehicles to have a front license plate. Some states are considering revising this policy, however — Ohio is one of them

Details on the new proposal

If you live in the Buckeye State, soon you might not need a front license plate on your vehicle. Ohio’s House of Representatives just voted their approval. Now, the Senate has to approve the legislation before it can go into effect. 

Interestingly enough, lobbyists tried to push a similar bill back in 2017. However, four key organizations — the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol — opposed it.

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Why some groups dislike front plates

Many drivers support the removal of the front license plate requirement because they own classic, luxury, or sports cars. They claim front license plates detract from the overall aesthetic of their vehicle. Additionally, some vehicles — like exotic and vintage vehicle models — just weren’t designed to accommodate a front license plate. 

Some lawmakers also support the bill, but for a different reason. They believe that making and distributing front plates is an unnecessary expense. 

Anticipated approval date

Exactly how soon can Ohio residents expect this tentative bill to become an established reality? Per WHIO, Ohio’s legislature must adopt the bill by March 31. Once signed, the bill will go into effect with the new fiscal year, starting on July 1. Stay tuned for more news in the days ahead as we wait to hear whether Ohio’s Senate approves this new protocol. 

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News Sources: WHIO, Autolist