New bill proposes NJ to no longer require front plates

Are you in favor of New Jersey becoming a state to come back to and front license plates not required? It could happen!

According to NJ.com, a new invoice just proposed to drop the requirement for New Jersey vehicles to have front license plates. If passed by the state legislature, New Jersey would be added to a list of 20 other states that only require a rear license plate.

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Not only is there a bill proposing this change, but there is also a petition on Change.org to make New Jersey a one-plate state. The petition argues that it would reduce production costs in New Jersey (which in turn would reduce waste and pollution) and that it would not require drivers to drill holes in their front bumpers.

The petition (as of August 22, 2022) has more than 11,000 signatorieswith a target of 15,000.

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When I had to get new plates when I moved to central Pennsylvania, I had a bit of an awkward moment. As someone who has always lived in New Jersey, I didn’t even know that not all states were required to have rear AND front license plates. I literally didn’t even notice!

So imagine my confusion when I was given a license plate three years ago: “Where’s the other one?” I asked! (Cringe!!) After they explained to me that I only needed it in Pennsylvania, I even asked if I could put another one on the front of my car, just because it was something I was used to!

But there are pros and cons to single plate vehicles. If New Jersey is so concerned about being environmentally friendly (i.e. banning plastic bags), why not pass this bill that would be better for the environment, our cars and our wallets?

On the other hand, it could make it more difficult to identify vehicles, which could become a problem in the event of an accident, such as hit-and-runs.

There is also a thread in the New Jersey subreddit on this topic. Opinions are quite divided.


Check it here.

So should New Jersey really move to a single-plate state? What do you think?


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