Unpopular license plate law dies, drivers not entirely pleased
OLYMPIA – It’s a law that many Washington state drivers loved to hate.
The law that required drivers to buy new license plates every seven years is going away, the News Tribune reported.
Next month a new law takes effect, which will let drivers keep their license plates for as long as the they own the car. The good news is no more memorizing new plate numbers, no more replacement schedules, the paper reported.
The not so good news is that the average driver gets a new car every five years. The new law won’t allow plates to transfer when a vehicle is sold, the News Tribune reported.
That means that Washington drivers are expected to buy more an additional 1 million license plates over the next five years.
In addition to added state revenue, the 3M company will benefit; 3M makes the reflective sheeting for the plates.
Washington Correctional Industries, the prison-labor program that makes the license plates, will also benefit, the paper reported.