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AddUK collector pays $800k for license plate '25 O'

You can't get a vanity license plate in the UK, but Brits have proven their willingness time and time again to part with huge amounts of cash in order to get a particularly desirable number to put on the front and back of their high-priced machinery. This time, a Ferrari collector paid over $800,000 for the license plate "25 O."

380Motorists Losing Right To See Automated License-Plate Reader Data

Three recent court cases pit law enforcement against privacy advocates

Law enforcement agencies know a lot about the whereabouts and daily habits of millions of American motorists through the use of automated license-plate readers. Motorists, on the other hand, don't know much about the records police officers have collected through the use of these machines. These records are getting harder to obtain.

AddMotorists losing right to see automated license-plate reader data [w/videos]

Three Recent Court Cases Pit Law Enforcement Against Privacy AdvocatesThree Recent Court Cases Pit Law Enforcement Against Privacy Advocates

Law enforcement agencies know a lot about the whereabouts and daily habits of millions of American motorists through the use of automated license-plate readers.

AddCalifornia historical license plate reissues in jeopardy

California hands out its license plates differently than some other states. As opposed to the tag being associated with the owner and switching whenever the vehicle is sold; the plate belongs to the car and remains for its life in the Golden State. Over the decades, the Department of Motor Vehicles there has redesigned its plates going from black-over-yellow during some of the 1950s to yellow-over-black and eventually yellow-over-blue through the '70s and early '80s. We thought it was pretty coo

AddRhode Island approves EV-specific license plates

OK, so it only took a couple of years for Rhode Island to get the hang of electric vehicle-specific license plates, like its New England neighbors. Now that the smallest state in the union has caught on, it's nice to see that Rhode Island has upped the game by including hybrids in that strategy.

AddPlaintiff in COPSLIE vanity plate suit now running for state representative

Child right's advocate Marian Wright Edelman once said, "If you don't like the way the world is, you change it." We're guessing David Montenegro is a firm believer in that idea. You'll recall that Montenegro, better known by his legal name of Human, is the New Hampshire man who fought and won a case in the state's Supreme Court to obtain a vanity plate that read "COPSLIE." Now, Human has announced that he'll be making at the state's House of Representatives.

AddChinese Tesla Model S buyers to get free license plate... a $15k value

Tesla buyers in in Shanghai, China, are getting even more of an incentive to choose its electric sedans. Each purchase of a Model S in the city will come with a free license plate.

AddParis ends even-odd license plate driving ban after just 24 hours

There can come a time when strong measures are needed to ease the effects of too many cars on city street. Today, that time came to Paris. And then it passed.

AddFeds cancel plans to collect license-plate data nationally

The federal government's plan to build a nationwide database of information culled from license-plate scanners has been canceled. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security quickly reversed course on the proposed project late Wednesday, saying top officials within the department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were unaware of it.

AddUpdate: Homeland Security Scuttles License-Plate Data Collection Project

Spokesperson says solicitation was published without knowledge of top officials

One day after its plans to create a massive database of information collected from license-plate scanners became widely known, the Department of Homeland Security scuttled the project.

AddGeorgia Approves Confederate Flag On License Plate

The Georgia Department of Revenue recently approved the the Sons of Confederate Veterans new plate design

Georgia officials have once again approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a debate among those who believe the symbol honors Confederate heritage and those who see it as racially charged.

AddMen Sue After Michigan Rejects Vanity License Plates

ACLU says their right to free speech was violated

Can peace be considered offensive? That's one question that may be answered in a lawsuit filed against the state of Michigan.

AddCOPSLIE vanity plate case reaches New Hampshire Supreme Court

A New Hampshire man who was denied the vanity license plate COPSLIE because it was insulting to police is having his case taken to the state's Supreme Court. The man, who changed his name from David Montenegro to "human," argues that the plate doesn't violate any of the New Hampshire DMV's regulations.

AddSurprising Vanity License Plates Approved And Banned By DMV

Contradicting standards confuse motorists

The Department of Motor Vehicles decides vanity plates on a case by case basis, leaving many drivers confused by contradicting standards.

AddA. Kahn owner turns down $9M offer for his Veyron's 'F1' license plate

Afzal Khan has a lot of money. This is, after all, the guy that spent $870,000 for the United Kingdom vanity plate F1. Now, as further proof of the high-end tuner's wealth, he's turned down a 6-million quid offer for the rare license plate. Who offers $9.3 million for a pair of rectangular pieces of metal? And... more importantly, who turns it down?

AddFlorida's Approved Vanity License Plates Can Be As Offensive As Ones Rejected

Florida rejects some vanity licenses plates, but the approved ones can be just as bad

Florida drivers have only seven characters to work with when applying for vanity license plates, but those seven characters can speak volumes, and some are a little too raunchy for the road.

AddPolice License Plate Scanners Record Driver's Locations

Unregulated cameras store information indefinitely

Government surveillance isn't just in our phone records and search engine history, but on our roads as well.

AddOklahoma man allowed to sue state over native american rain god on license plate

License plates can be great ways for states to show off their history, but as Oklahoma has realized, they can create some drama, too. In this case, Keith Cressman is attempting to sue the state over the depiction of the "Sacred Arrow Rain" sculpture used on the official Oklahoma license plates.

AddSC investigating changeable electronic license plates [w/poll]

South Carolina may soon lead the way into the future with electronic license plates for cars and trucks. Using so-called electronic paper, technology similar to what is seen on digital readers like the Amazon Kindle, these new license plates would be capable of dynamically changing from normal numbers and letters to a word like SUSPENDED, UNINSURED or STOLEN.

AddACLU sues LAPD and Sheriff's Department over license plate scanners

Both the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department have become big fans of cameras that capture license plate numbers and check them against information in registration and criminal databases. The Sheriff's Department uses 47 fixed cameras and has 77 squad cars with the equipment, the LAPD has gone from having 12 cruisers with the cameras five years ago to 100 now – and the cameras snag images of more than a thousand plates a minute. The LA departments aren't a

AddGeorgia man sues state for right to have gay-themed vanity license plates

James Cyrus Gilbert III applied to Georgia Department of Driver Services for three vanity plates for his car: 4GAYLIB, GAYPWR and GAYGUY. All three were rejected, so now Gilbert is suing the department on the grounds that his free speech is being unfairly denied. The denial itself isn't the sole issue, what is also being challenged is the arbitrariness of how the state decides what plates will be approved or not.

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