Does anyone have recommendations on how to deal with a trunk rack that blocks your rear license plate?
I'm just getting into cycling, and I bought a cheap Bell trunk rack for my wife's 02 Civic, to transport both of our bikes back and forth to local parks. Just planning to use for 10 mile or less drives. The rack itself doesn't obscure the rear plate, but once I put two bikes on the back, the rear plate is unreadable.
I called our state's bureau of motor vehicles, and the guy I talked to suggested ordering a replacement plate, then displaying it in the rear window or on top of the bikes when I have the rack on the car. But when I talked to other people at the local license bureaus, they said that was the dumbest suggestion they'd ever heard of, since it's illegal to drive with two rear plates even if they have the same numbers (???) and they couldn't order an extra plate with the same numbers. Plus the "extra" plate wouldn't have the registration sticker on it, so it'd be illegal anyway.
So then I called the state highway patrol for their advice. Still waiting for a return phone call.
I'd hate to go through the pain of unscrewing the license plate and frame each time I mount the rack, then putting it in the rear window or on a holder on top of the bikes. Maybe someday I might get a more expensive roof rack if I get more serious about cycling, but that's not an option right now.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Anyone deal with this problem before?