Watch CBS News

Temporary License Plates To Be Required For Newly Bought Cars In California

KCBS_740 SACRAMENTO (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that would require newly purchased vehicles to display temporary license plates.

The Democratic governor's decision Monday comes over the objection of social justice activists who say it will lead to more fines and create economic hardships for poor people.

The bill aims to prevent toll-road cheats and ensure law enforcement officers can identify vehicles on the road.

Dealerships are required to post a notice of sale on the front windshield while the driver waits for the plate, but many abuse it - never registering, and skipping out on tolls, tickets and even crimes.

AB516 by Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Mullin of South San Francisco will require car dealers to put a temporary license plate on a vehicle when they sell it, beginning in 2019.

"I think it's a long time coming. I'm not really shocked, because if you think about it, there's really nothing ID'ing the vehicle," dealership owner Billy Singerman said.

The bill's sponsor says he is open to creating a registry that would allow car buyers who are having problems registering their cars to avoid being ticketed under the new law.  Critics say that provision "should" have been included in the original bill.

TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.