State officials relent on new license plates

LOCKPORT: Hochul says if license plate is readable, drivers can keep them.

New York state officials are now saying if a license plate is in good condition and it can be read by plate-reading technology, drivers can keep the license plate.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo faced heavy criticism when his office unveiled a plan to require three million drivers with plates that are 10 years or older to automatically get new plates when they renew their registration. A $25 replacement fee would be added to the registration fee, with an additional $20 if drivers want to keep the same license plate number. Cuomo has argued the replacement are necessary for electronic plate readers, like red-light cameras and cashless tolling systems.


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