Mike Stetson  mikestetson@mail.com  Please direct all questions to Mike Stetson mikestetson@mail.com


Now is the time to demand that our state lawmakers get rid of the dreaded front license plate. The state budgets of Massachusetts and Rhode Island will suffer an unprecedented decrease as tax revenue dries up, and the states cannot afford to continue wasting money on manufacturing and distributing the redundant front plate, when nineteen other states are doing just fine with a single, rear license plate on their cars. Ask the lawmakers to include the elimination of the front plate as a cost-saving measure in the state budget. Massachusetts also has a bill (S2041) to eliminate the front plate, but this bill has been languishing in a study committee (S2560). Get everyone to sign up to speak in the committee hearings, which may take place via teleconference. Information on how to speak in the hearings can be found on the committees' sites. It means a lot to our lawmakers to see the groundswell of support and their constituents making an effort to speak at the hearings. Don't let our voices be stifled!


Please call and email every single state Senator and Representative, starting with the speakers and relevant committee members, and urge them to side with drivers in support of the fast and permanent elimination of front plates. The emails of the elected officials can be found as follows:


Massachusetts:
FirstName point LastName at MASenate point gov for Senators, and FirstName point LastName at MAHouse point gov for Representatives. Governor Charlie Baker can be reached at Constituent point Services at State point MA point US .


Rhode Island:
Search for RepEmailListDistrict and SenEmailListDistrict, respectively. Governor Raimondo can be contacted at governor at governor point ri point gov .


Respectfully inform the state lawmakers that if they turn their back on drivers by continuing the requirement for front license plates, you will work to have them voted out of office. Surely there are upstanding people in their districts who will champion the rights and interests of drivers! Maybe this is you... If not, recruit and support someone who is.


It is of the utmost importance that you keep constant track of this and other front plate legislation. There are two easy ways to do this, and I recommend doing both: 1) search for "plate" in Legiscan after selecting the state; and 2) search for "license plate" + Rhode Island in Google News, then sort by date.


Spread the word far and wide among your fellow car enthusiasts, car club members, car dealers, car rental companies, friends, family, customers, staff and everyone else. Ask them to join you in your vocal support for abolishing the front plate. Also reach out to newspapers, TV and radio stations, and write letters to the editor.


Here are a few arguments for a single license plate that you might consider using:
- A front license plate is redundant and unnecessary when the rear plate is already present.
- 19 states have already eliminated the front license plate and people there are very happy with this. Those states run just fine, and have not descended into chaos.
- No state has switched from one plate to two plates in several decades and it is easy to understand why: drivers, who make up the vast majority of citizens, loathe to wake up one morning to the nightmare of being told to drill holes into their cars.
- This year's budget is extremely tight, and manufacturing and delivering front plates to every car owner in the state incurs an enormous cost to drivers, placing a disproportionately greater burden on our poorest citizens, who are already struggling to make ends meet.
- The state government will experience an unprecedented drop in tax revenue due to people losing their jobs, and the state government needs to tighten its belt by eliminating unnecessary spending. One common sense way to further this objective is by halting the wasteful expense of manufacturing the superfluous front license plate.
- The money saved by the state by forgoing the second (front) plate is a lifeline to critical infrastructure projects that provide vital services to our citizens during this time of crisis. The savings will minimize disruption to these services while at the same time not further overburdening our tax payers.
- Front plates are a hassle to install by car dealers and consumers.
- The resale value of a car goes down tremendously once holes have been drilled into the front bumper.
- Important safety technology such as proximity and traffic sensors are present on the front bumpers of modern cars, which impede and can be damaged by attempts to install a front plate.
- Eliminating front license plates conserves non-renewable natural resources (aluminum and fuel).
- Eliminating front license plates protects the aesthetic contours of cars: drivers don't have to disfigure their cars with the dreaded "metal mustache".
- There is an increasing appreciation among state administrators of the advantages to switching to a single license plate, and a growing momentum to eliminate the front plate. In fact, the Governor of Ohio has recently signed a bill requiring a single license plate on the rear of vehicles, thus making Ohio the 20th state in the nation to dump the front plate. Similarly, the Canadian province of New Brunswick, which borders Maine, also got rid of front license plates last summer.
- Residents of other states can legally drive around Rhode Island with no front license plate, whereas our own residents are pulled over and fined a hefty amount for doing the same thing; this is an absurd situation where our residents are being discriminated against.
- Eliminating the front plate is one of the most popular issues of this session, and it is welcomed by the vast majority of motorists.


I have included below sample letters that you might consider personalizing/adapting and sending to lawmakers and the governor.


Thank you so much for putting in the time and effort to help make Massachusetts and Rhode Island the 21st and 22nd states in the nation to switch to a single license plate!


Sincerely,
Mike Stetson


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Rhode Island template letter below:
Dear Representative/Senator/Governor Name,


I urge you to support having a single license plate on motor vehicles and to eliminate the front license plate, either as a standalone bill or as a cost-saving measure in the state budget.


A front license plate is redundant and unnecessary when the rear plate is already present. In fact, 19 states have already dumped the front plate, and people in those states are very happy with this. Those states run just fine and have not descended into chaos. No state has switched from one plate to two plates in several decades, and it is easy to understand why: drivers, who make up the vast majority of citizens, loathe to wake up one morning to the nightmare of being told to drill holes into their cars.


Eliminating the front plate is a cost-saving measure in this financially difficult time for Rhode Island. The state government will experience an unprecedented drop in tax revenue due to people losing their jobs, and we need to tighten our belt as a state by eliminating unnecessary spending. One common sense way to further this objective is by halting the wasteful expense of manufacturing the superfluous front license plate.


Front plates are a hassle to install by car dealers and consumers. Important safety technology such as proximity and traffic sensors are present on the front bumpers of modern cars, which impede and can be damaged by attempts to install a front plate. The resale value of a car goes down tremendously once holes have been drilled into the front bumper. Eliminating front license plates protects the aesthetic contours of cars so that drivers aren't forced to disfigure their cars with the dreaded "metal mustache".


Manufacturing and delivering front plates to every car owner in the state incurs an enormous cost to drivers, placing a disproportionately greater burden on our poorest citizens, who are already struggling to make ends meet.


The money saved by the state by forgoing the second (front) plate is a lifeline to critical infrastructure projects that provide vital services to our citizens. The savings will minimize disruption to these services while at the same time not further overburdening our tax payers.


Now is the time to implement common sense cost-saving measures such as the elimination of front license plates. If we don't take action now, our state is going to suffer: state employees may need to be laid off, pensions may go unpaid, and citizens will lose access to vital services.


There is an increasing appreciation among state administrators of the advantages to switching to a single license plate, and a growing momentum to eliminate the front plate. The Governor of Ohio has recently signed a bill requiring a single license plate on the rear of vehicles, thus making Ohio the 20th state in the nation to ditch the front plate. Similarly, the Canadian province of New Brunswick, which borders Maine, also got rid of front license plates last summer.


There is absolutely no excuse for Rhode Island to continue requiring two license plates. Money and resources will be saved when a single plate is produced and delivered to car owners. Ceasing to manufacture front license plates would also conserve non-renewable natural resources such as aluminum and fuel.


In this precarious financial environment, it is more important than ever to trim the budget fat and ensure our state's fiscal health in the years to come. By making common sense changes such as getting rid of front plates, we will be preparing our state for a future when the tax revenue starts to dry up due to the crisis. It is our duty to ensure that our state is prepared to withstand whatever dire circumstances it may confront. I therefore plead with you to support the elimination of front license plates.


I would like to end by expressing my sincere appreciation for all the hard work that you have put into improving the lives of the people of Rhode Island. Your support of making Rhode Island the 21st state in the nation to require a single license plate wound mean a lot to me and countless other Rhode Island drivers!


Thank you very much for your consideration.


Sincerely,


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Massachusetts template letter below:
Dear Representative/Senator/Governor Name,


I urge you to support having a single license plate on motor vehicles and to eliminate the front license plate, either as a standalone bill such as S2041 or as a cost-saving measure in the state budget.


A front license plate is redundant and unnecessary when the rear plate is already present. In fact, 19 states have already dumped the front plate, and people in those states are very happy with this. Those states run just fine and have not descended into chaos. No state has switched from one plate to two plates in several decades, and it is easy to understand why: drivers, who make up the vast majority of citizens, loathe to wake up one morning to the nightmare of being told to drill holes into their cars.


Eliminating the front plate is a cost-saving measure in this financially difficult time for Massachusetts. The state government will experience an unprecedented drop in tax revenue due to people losing their jobs, and we need to tighten our belt as a state by eliminating unnecessary spending. One common sense way to further this objective is by halting the wasteful expense of manufacturing the superfluous front license plate.


Front plates are a hassle to install by car dealers and consumers. Important safety technology such as proximity and traffic sensors are present on the front bumpers of modern cars, which impede and can be damaged by attempts to install a front plate. The resale value of a car goes down tremendously once holes have been drilled into the front bumper. Eliminating front license plates protects the aesthetic contours of cars so that drivers aren't forced to disfigure their cars with the dreaded "metal mustache".


Manufacturing and delivering front plates to every car owner in the state incurs an enormous cost to drivers, placing a disproportionately greater burden on our poorest citizens, who are already struggling to make ends meet.


The money saved by the state by forgoing the second (front) plate is a lifeline to critical infrastructure projects that provide vital services to our citizens. The savings will minimize disruption to these services while at the same time not further overburdening our tax payers.


Now is the time to implement common sense cost-saving measures such as the elimination of front license plates. If we don't take action now, our state is going to suffer: state employees may need to be laid off, pensions may go unpaid, and citizens will lose access to vital services.


There is an increasing appreciation among state administrators of the advantages to switching to a single license plate, and a growing momentum to eliminate the front plate. The Governor of Ohio has recently signed a bill requiring a single license plate on the rear of vehicles, thus making Ohio the 20th state in the nation to ditch the front plate. Similarly, the Canadian province of New Brunswick, which borders Maine, also got rid of front license plates last summer.


There is absolutely no excuse for Massachusetts to continue requiring two license plates. Money and resources will be saved when a single plate is produced and delivered to car owners. Ceasing to manufacture front license plates would also conserve non-renewable natural resources such as aluminum and fuel.


In this precarious financial environment, it is more important than ever to trim the budget fat and ensure our state's fiscal health in the years to come. By making common sense changes such as getting rid of front plates, we will be preparing our state for a future when the tax revenue starts to dry up due to the crisis. It is our duty to ensure that our state is prepared to withstand whatever dire circumstances it may confront. I therefore plead with you to support the elimination of front license plates.


I would like to end by expressing my sincere appreciation for all the hard work that you have put into improving the lives of the people of Massachusetts. Your support of making Massachusetts the 21st state in the nation to require a single license plate wound mean a lot to me and countless other Massachusetts drivers!


Thank you very much for your consideration.