We regularly hear about the hydrogen
economy and how it will solve a lot of our current transportation and pollution issues. What we hear about less often is that in the 10-20 year interim period until the hydrogen economy is up and running, we're going to have to live through eras like the stolen-license plate economy. New Zealand
is leading the way to this glorious future as more and more thieves have been yanking license plates to use later when filling up at the gas station
and then driving off. In some cases, thieves target plates on cars that match the one used later to steal gas. In Nelson, NZ, sixteen percent of all thefts were petrol-related, and the Waitakere City Council will replace motorists' license plate screws with free tamper-resistant bolts.