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License Plates for Bicycles Sought by NJ Lawmaker

UPDATE (01/13/11): Big Gov’t Bureaucrat Back Pedals on Bike Bill

"Can I see your license and registration, please?"

"Can I see your license and registration, please?"

A New Jersey democrat is using her political muscle to force citizens across the state to register their bicycles with the Division of Motor Vehicles. The ridiculous maneuver would help the state offset its $10 billion budget deficit by enforcing a $10 per license plate fee and fines up to $100 for those, including children, caught riding unregistered bikes.

Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) said balancing the state’s budget isn’t her motivation for the outlandish proposal; it’s protecting senior citizens from getting run over by kids on bikes.

Affixing license plates to every bicycle in the state would help these vulnerable senior citizens identify and rattle off the license plate numbers from the kids’ bikes to the police, ensuring the rascals are brought to justice, says Tucker.

Tucker’s proposal has been met with opposition by a diverse group of interests including bicyclists, environmentalists, business owners and even her own colleagues in the State House.

“That’s an outrage, for sure,” said Paige Hiemier, vice-president of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. “Basically, it’s outrageous for a number of reasons, and most of them are: Who is the legislation aimed at? Who’s going to administer it? How are they going to pay for it? Who’s going to stop the bicyclists and check their registration?”

Send Tucker an email reminding her not to make the same mistake twice: AswTucker@njleg.org

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Bankrupt Calif. to Pimp Your Ride’s License Plate

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It looks like Californians’ tax dollars aren’t going to plug any holes in the State’s budget, so now lawmakers are considering making all registered vehicles mobile advertising billboards without the permission of motorists.

The digital license plate scheme was hatched by State Sen. Curren Price (D) with the expectation of generating advertising revenue that could reduce California’s $19 billion budget deficit. According to Curren, “We’re just trying to find creative ways of generating additional revenues.”

According to the San Jose Mercury, “The legislative analysis of SB1453 does not include estimates of how much revenue could be saved or gained from license plate advertising,” making one wonder if this is just another act first, think later initiative by the same lawmakers who drove the State’s economy in to the ground in the first place.

Obviously, there are a few concerns that come to mind when discussing illuminated license plates flashing advertising messages to motorists on the roads. The primary concern is, most likely, safety, followed by citizens’ desire not to be exploited by greedy lawmakers using their vehicles to endorse products and services, especially those they do not approve.

Regarding safety issues, the word on the street is that the ads will only flash when vehicles are not in motion, and just for a few seconds. That leads one to suspect that there is some sort of GPS technology built-in to the digital plates that could be exploited for other uses by, perhaps, law enforcement officials.

M. Conrad Jordan, chief executive of San Francisco-based Smart Plate told the San Jose Mercury that his company is currently developing a digital electronic license plate for rollout in California. He assures concerned motorists that the digital plates are “not just another advertising venue,” rather “a platform for motorists to show their support for existing good working organizations.”

No word on whether motorists would have the final say in whether they choose which “organizations'” promotional messages appear on their bumpers, but imagine a pro-lifer’s reaction to a Planned Parenthood ad or a gun control advocate unsuspectingly promoting the National Rifle Association.

There is also an expectation that the digital plates will allow motorists to display personal messages. One can only imagine what will appear during rush hour traffic and congestion, but perhaps this will allow frustrated motorists to keep their hands on the wheel as opposed to lifting a finger to ‘flip the bird.’

Love it or hate it, it doesn’t look like big government is going to give you a choice in the matter. Your only recourse might be to post your personal license plate message directing fellow foes of government intrusion to join the Nanny State Liberation Front and strike back before they strike again.