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News Texas Law Would Remove Front License Plate Requirement

Texas Law Would Remove Front License Plate Requirement

A Texas congressman by the name of Ken King is proposing a new bill that would remove the requirement that cars have a front license plate in the state. There is, however, a catch.

Called House Bill 763, it proposes that cars with a base sticker price of more than $60,000 be exempt from the obligatory front license plate that, as we all know, essentially ruins the design of any and every vehicle on earth.

So who would benefit from this bill given the price exception? Certainly any Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, McLaren, Aston Martin and Maserati. The Porsche 911 would also get a pass as well as the Mercedes-AMG GT. The latter would benefit most from the new regulation, as we can see here.

Mercedes-AMG GT side plate
Mercedes-AMG GT side plate | Source: Canadian Car Spotting

On the other hand, Mr. King didn’t realize that a Chevrolet Corvette, with a 55k starting price in the U.S., wouldn’t be eligible even if the congressman used it as an example when creating the bill in question.

Other cars that desperately need this bill that wouldn’t be eligible include the Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86, Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, upcoming Toyota Supra, Mazda MX-5 and of course, the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Alfa Romeo Giulia front plate
Alfa Romeo Giulia front plate | Photo: FCA

The story for reported by Austin newspaper American-Statesman gets weirder from there as it appears the bill was encouraged by a Ken King donor who owns “a number of cars”.

We get why a car enthusiast with a lot of cars would want this law to pass and could even ask for the favor in return for a donation, but we don’t think this bill will go anywhere. They would have to exempt all cars and given that there are 31 states in the U.S. that require front plates, we can’t see that happening.

Nice try, thought.

If it doesn’t work out, they can always try this.

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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