This is a new one on me

This is a new one on me – in twenty years of driving I’ve never seen a car with two license plates before. Then again I grew up about nine hours from any border that you’d find cars on the other side of. Is this common?

6 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 8:48 am

    I’ve seen it on many commercial passenger vehicles – SuperShuttle comes to mind – that operate in MD/VA. Might be some registration requirement.

  2. Don (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    I just thought it was odd since I’d never seen it on any other commercial vehicle. Never seen it on tour buses or long-haul trucks, for example.

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 11:22 am

    Long Haul trucks get special plates specific to the state of their home base, I think, Don.

  4. fedward (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 10:36 pm

    I suspect it has something to do with taxi regulations, since I’ve only seen the multiple-plate thing on cabs, limousines, and shuttle buses.

  5. Don (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    Yeah but I wonder what’s the qualifier? Most cabs don’t have them, and in fact the plates in the picture above do NOT have the “TAXI” on them that you see on VA taxi plates. I understand the various municipalities wanting to have their share of the pie but I haven’t yet figured out what sub-classification something has to be in before it requires this dual plate (and why not a DC plate?) treatment.

  6. fedward (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    That VA plate is a “FOR HIRE” plate. This seems to be a relevant page for Virginia and here’s one for Maryland.

    Queue the “The More You Know” jingle now.

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