HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — At the end of 2016 PennDOT decided to no longer require drivers to display a sticker on their car’s license plate verifying that the vehicle is registered in Pennsylvania. The move was expected to save them three million dollars a year.
“In the 2017 PennDOT numbers, it shows that they actually lost 22 million dollars in registration renewals,” Representative Barry Jozwiak says.
Getting rid of the stickers has *cost* PennDOT due to drivers simply not registering their vehicles, and it’s hindered police.
“It’s a probable cause issue for police. If the license plate is expired, they can see it. They can stop the car,” Jozwiak said.
Last year the state’s Fraternal Order of Police came to him for help.
“They said the police officers cannot tell if the license plates on the car are expired or valid, or not even registered,” Jozwiak said
He now plans to introduce a bill that would create a two-in-one sticker for license plates, verifying that a car is both registered and properly inspected. PennDOT has said law enforcement agencies have electronic access to their database from their patrol cars and some even use license plate reader technology to verify registration. But Representative Jozwiak says, in this case, technology just isn’t as good as the old way.
I believe a license plate sticker’s important for public safety and for the police.
Representative Jozwiak will be discussing the bill with law enforcement next week before introducing it in the house.