PA License Plate Stickers Might Return

Most Law Enforcement, PennDOT on opposite sides

Joe DeStio
August 14, 2019 - 2:16 pm
A sticky problem in Pennsylvania; whether or not to bring back those license plate registration stickers.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – A sticky problem in Pennsylvania; whether or not to bring back those license plate registration stickers. State Representative Barry Jozwiak of Reading would like to see the stickers return.

“In 2017, 234-thousand vehicles did not renew their registration costing the state $22 million in registration renewals,” said Jozwiak. Adding in 2018 he says the loss is up to $33 million.

At a state House Transportation Committee hearing this week in Harrisburg, law enforcement officials also favored the stickers. Many felt it gives them a reason to stop a vehicle and helps them discover criminal activity.

For Jozwiak it’s also a safety issue. “If you’re not registered you’re more than likely not insured.”

His bill would combine auto registration with safety and emissions inspections.

PennDOT remains opposed to the stickers. Deputy Secretary for driver and vehicle services Kurt Myers tells KDKA radio the new system is customer friendly. “They like the idea of being able to go online and print their own registration card and not have to worry about putting that sticker on.”

Myers says not buying and mailing stickers has saved the state $7 million. He discounts any drop in registration saying numbers change from year to year.

The committee has yet to schedule a vote on the proposal.

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