Colorado Switching to Screen-Printed License Plates for Better Visibility
Having a visible license plate is a big deal in most places, but the paint and coatings on the plate can wear and become hard to see over time. Here in Maine, it’s a common sight, as the road salt and sand can quickly shave off the more visible parts of a license plate. Colorado receives similar winter weather, and lawmakers in the state want to change the type of plates allowed to be more durable and visible over time.
Screen-printed plates will replace the old raised-letter plates, as the coatings used on previous designs can wear off over time, reducing visibility and cutting the reflective coating that makes them stick out at night. Beyond law enforcement, damage can make it impossible for automated toll systems to accurately read the plates.
As The Drive pointed out, Colorado is the latest in a long line of states making the shift. New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and many others have made the switch to screened plates, and New York backed out of a contract renewal with 3M after seeing its license plates peeling and wearing in the state’s poor winter weather. Colorado is also one of several states that require front license plates. Drivers in Maine, Iowa, Idaho, Connecticut, California, and many others must have a second plate on the front bumper.
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Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.
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