New Law Will Require Temporary License Plates in California
by Associated Press, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday requiring that newly purchased vehicles in California display temporary license plates, approving the bill despite objections from social justice activists who say it will lead to more fines and economic hardships for poor people.
The bill aimed to stop toll-road cheats and ensure law enforcement officers can identify vehicles on the road. California currently requires only a small notice of sale, which can’t be read or photographed from a distance, to be displayed on a vehicle while the owner is waiting for permanent plates.
The bill, AB516 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco), will require car dealers to put a temporary plate on a vehicle when they sell it, beginning in 2019. Altering the expiration date would be a crime, with an option for prosecutors to decide whether to charge as a misdemeanor or felony.