I just got into biking last year and started to go to various trails & group rides in the area. I was getting very tired of the hassle of putting the bike in the car, so I got a rear hitch platform bike carrier. After installing it today, I noticed that it blocks the view of my license plate both when in use (by my bike) and when folded up in the storage position. I hadn't thought about that previously, so I did some searching and found the following in regards to NY state:
Does anyone know if this is a big issue? Do the police tend to ticket people using the rear hitch bike carriers? Or is it a case of as long as you're not doing anything else wrong, they let it go? I hate to think I just wasted a few hundred bucks.NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law Sec. 402-b
"...the view of such number plates shall not be obstructed by any part of the vehicle or by anything carried thereon..."