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05-13-2013 11:35 PM
10Anvil Just like to point out that with the increase in speed camera use this won't fly.
01-24-2013 07:14 AM
jlapoint01 But you have to look at the other states. We have the cheapest vanity plates, its only an additional $10 a year so your original figures are off. If in fact the plate sales would drop off the way you claim, then it would be a $2.5 mil cut back, which would be loosing some money, but not the millions you claim. Plus you have to remember where we live. Most of the folks that work in DC live in VA, and most of them are very vain indeed. As a truck driver, I see more vanity plates in NOVA then most anywhere else. Also remember a vanity plate is not just one that has witty humor, but also the plates that are background themed, like colleges, nature, hunting, etc. To sum, I wouldn't worry about it one bit, if you think that the bean counters haven't thought of potential loss of millions of revenue over an action your wrong.
01-23-2013 07:16 PM
Raoul I didn't mean the cost of the plate.
I meant future demand of vanity plates slipping due to the change.
There are no one plate States ranked in the top twenty, if Virginia slips to just #2, it would lose an excess of $4mil.

Virginia is 'hooked' on the vanity plate revenue.
01-23-2013 04:11 PM
jlapoint01 I agree with Brass Knuckles, don't think just because you only get one plate that it will be any cheaper. I also feel that many will still have and want vanity plates, I have them and will still use them. If we go to a one plate system, I'll take my front one off and keep it as a spare or a decoration.
01-22-2013 08:46 PM
Brass Knuckles New guy here...this thread caught my interest.

No offense, but the logic above seems flawed. The state will save $2.3mm in production costs since it will no longer have to produce 2 plates per car. This should have zero effect on revenue stream because the number of cars desiring vanity plates should not change by going to a single license plate format while the state continues to charge the same amount for the right to display a vanity plate regardless if its one or two plates. What am I missing?

Anyway, good to be here. Hope to meet up soon.
01-09-2013 08:24 AM
Raoul First, I'd like to say I love this idea and have always been jealous of the 'one plate' States. However, I don't think it will take the bean counters long to shoot this idea down.

None of the top ranking vanity plate States are 'one plate' States.
Virginia has the highest percentage of vanity plates in the nation (16%).
There are 7.5 million registered vehicles in Virginia.
7.5 mil X .16 = 1.2 mil vanity plate vehicles
1.2 mil X $25 = $30,000,000 revenue from vanity plates

If requests for vanity plates drop by just 8% (2.3 mil savings / $30 mil rev) then this change will cost the State revenue.

But, we can still hope.
01-09-2013 05:48 AM
Jeep757 Hopefully this goes thru
01-08-2013 01:22 AM
bajonesy77 We shall see if it passes. What will happen to the money they save? needs to goto VDOT for road improvements.
01-07-2013 07:51 PM
manganos Since I work for the state I submitted this idea as a cost saving measure. Guess it might have worked.
01-07-2013 12:26 AM
scuba_steve
Front license plates...perhaps no more

Keep hope alive:
State bill calls for one license plate instead of two - INSIDENOVA.COM: Northern VA
Virginia drivers may soon find themselves sporting just one license plate rather than two, all in an effort by the state government to save a few dollars.

State Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) has introduced legislation reducing the number of license plates furnished by the Department of Motor Vehicles to vehicle owners from two to one, and requiring the single license plate to be attached to the rear of the vehicle.

The measure is similar to one introduced by state Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Newport News) in the 2012 session. Her bill was held for consideration in 2013.

About a dozen states, including West Virginia and North Carolina, require just a single license plate on vehicles, while remaining states require two.

The Virginia Department of Planning Budget estimated that Locke’s bill would result in a savings of $2.3 million a year if the state government did not need to turn out two plates for each vehicle. The implementation cost of the measure was estimated at a relatively paltry $13,000 in one-time costs.

Virginia license plates are produced by inmates in the Powhatan Correctional Center as part of Virginia Correctional Enterprises, a state-run workshop program that turns out everything from eyewear and apparel to business cards and dentures.

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