Keep Your Shitty Plates if You Want


That crazy plan which would have required Ohioans to replace their licence plates every seven years is now off the table, according to public safety officials. Also scrapped is the recall of bicentennial and "gold-lined" plates (which are actually much closer to beige, or maybe taupe.)

Though the plan would have generated revenue, it was drafted "solely" to affect law enforcement, Public Safety Communications Director Joe Andrews told crackerjack Scripps fellow Rex Santus.

More from Santus:

The recall would have required motorists to pay $10 to replace their plates. More than 2 million people would have been affected by the recall, costing Ohioans millions of dollars in replacement fees over the next two fiscal years.

But Kasich's budget didn't address the license fees, and it's no longer a priority for the folks in public safety. Ohio law still requires motorists to replace plates — at a cost of $11.75 — if they're in truly bad shape, and Ohio still has the right to demand replacement plates in instances of illegibility.

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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