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so i got pulled over cause my plate is tucked too far back i guess. the cop tells me that it needs to be perpendicular with the road surface and i need a mud flap. ?? i said alright but i really have no idea what he meant. he let me off with a warning but said he could've charged me around $300.


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well, not knowing what bike you have or what mods there are, i bet he's talking about the lack of a fender. if you've removed the fender and the license plate mount, including the plate light, you could have gotten a ticket. it's pretty anal for a cop to pull you over strictly for the lack of a fender.. but if he can't see your plate, he has every right to pull you over.

look at this pic.. if you don't have the dangly bit underneath the tail, you don't have a fender.

 

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It's probably more accurately called a mud-guard, rather than a mud-flap. A flap suggests something flexible. It's commonly called a fender, but I'd hate to rely on that piece of plastic to fend off anything. I've heard (and I'm too lazy to google the act) that the plate must be vertical, legible and perpendicularly above the back of the back tire. Some fender eliminators allow you to lose that ugly plastic "fender", but still essentially meet the other requirements (well maybe not the perpendicular one, but close enough).
 

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I just took my fender off, and cut it. Was still able to keep the rear signals, and existing plate mounts in place. Looks fine IMO.
 

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i've got my plate tucked right in front of the rear tire. had a cop or two follow me for short distances in the past and never had a problem.agreed it is pretty anal for cops to hassle you over something like.
 

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i've got my plate tucked right in front of the rear tire. had a cop or two follow me for short distances in the past and never had a problem.agreed it is pretty anal for cops to hassle you over something like.
If your plate is tucked infront of the rear tire, you're asking for a ticket. If you havent gotten one yet, you're lucky.
 

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From the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations:
Attachment of number plates
3.011 Number plates for a vehicle shall be attached
(a) where, under the Act, 2 number plates are issued and authorized for display on a vehicle, one plate to the front and one plate to the rear of the vehicle, and
(b) where, under the Act, a single number plate is issued and authorized for display on a vehicle, to the rear of the vehicle.
[en. B.C. Reg. 147/79, s. 2.]
Attachment of validation decal
3.012 Where a validation decal is issued under the Act for attachment to a number plate, it shall be applied to the designated place on the rear number plate.
[en. B.C. Reg. 147/79, s. 2.]

Number plates in horizontal position
3.02 A number plate shall at all times be securely fastened in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which it is issued.

Plates to be unobstructed
3.03 A number plate must be kept entirely unobstructed and free from dirt or foreign material, so that the numbers and letters on it may be plainly seen and read at all times and so that the numbers and letters may be accurately photographed using a speed monitoring device or traffic light safety device prescribed under section 83.1 of the Act.

Seems to me having the plate in front of the rear wheel is a ticket magnet. Seems to me even the "XYZ AUTO," license plate frames that obstruct the jurisdiction are a problem, and should be ripped from the car. What? The dealers aren't happy enough with the stickers on the trunk lid, they also have to obstruct the plate? Not on my car. Not on my bike.
 
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