This CA Vintage License Plate bill now is headed to the Senate transportation committee. If you support the bill, contact your CA State Senator or a member of the CA Senate Transportation and Housing Committee listed below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2012
Mike Gatto’s Bill to Bring Back Vintage License Plates
Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill (AB) 1658, a bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) that would establish the California Legacy License Plate Program allowing car enthusiasts to apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for “classic” California license plates, passed out of the Assembly today by a unanimous, bipartisan 76-0 vote. The program would let car owners choose from one of three iconic California license plate designs – the familiar “yellow with black lettering”, “black with yellow lettering” and “blue with yellow lettering” – that adorned vehicles during the heyday of classic cars.
“California Government doesn’t do much for car enthusiasts,” said Gatto. “AB 1658 would enable the backyard auto restorer, the nostalgic, and the owner of a brand-new retro-styled automobile to choose a license plate that’s most appropriate for their car. And it will make the state a little money for the state too.”
AB 1658 specifies that the DMV will issue the vintage plates once 7,500 paid applications have been received statewide. Further, it stipulates that any monies remaining after the DMV recuperates its administrative costs be placed into other DMV-funded programs, which with recent budget cuts, have been short on funds. The bill has received an enthusiastic response so far, with many people contacting the Assembly office asking when and where they can apply.
“This is an easy way for the state to make life a little more enjoyable for those of us who appreciate the classic era of automobile design,” said Gatto. “California’s car clubs are ready to start the drive to reach 7,500 orders!”
Mike Gatto is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly. He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and parts of Los Angeles, including Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, and Van Nuys.
Members of CA Senate Transportation and Housing Committee
Senator Mark DeSaulnier (Chair) http://senate.ca.gov/sd07
Senator Ted Gaines (Vice Chair) http://senate.ca.gov/sd01
Senator Tom Harman http://senate.ca.gov/sd35
Senator Christine Kehoe http://senate.ca.gov/sd39
Senator Alan Lowenthal http://senate.ca.gov/sd27
Senator Fran Pavley http://senate.ca.gov/sd23
Senator Michael Rubio http://senate.ca.gov/sd16
Senator Joe Simitian http://senate.ca.gov/sd11
Senator Mark Wyland http://senate.ca.gov/sd38