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Lic. Plate Obscuration With Rear Carriers ?

Old 05-25-15, 06:33 AM
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Lic. Plate Obscuration With Rear Carriers ?

Hello,

Great Forum. Really appreciate the help.

a. With the exception of the roof carriers, it seems that just about every hanging rear carrier, or the Hitch styles too, obscures, nearly totally, the Lic. plate when bikes are being carried.

Do most P.D.'s cut a little slack on this, or what has been your experience with ?
Any (practical solution ?)

b. And, for a wagon, any brand/model number, that carries the bikes low enough such that
the rear window visibility is not nearly blocked ?

Would like to avoid a Hitch, but I realize the Hitch-platform styles do carry a bit lower; any hanging styles that come close ?

Thanks,
bob
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I have not been given any grief over it.
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I've been using a hitch mount Thule for years, and have never been cited for obstruction. The only way I can see someone being cited for obstruction is if they got pulled over for something else and are not behaving well to the officer(s)...
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Originally Posted by Robert11
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b. And, for a wagon, any brand/model number, that carries the bikes low enough such that
the rear window visibility is not nearly blocked ?
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Thanks,
bob
Don't worry about rear window visibility. Lots of vehicles have 0 visibility in the rear window, and in fact, you don't even need a windshield mirror by law.
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Gives a cop a reason to stop, if he is so inclined...............
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I have used a hitch mounted rack on two different vehicles driving in at least 10 states and have never had a problem. I was pulled over once with bikes on the rack and the officer did not say a word about the plate being obstructed. Got off with a warning
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I've heard of one or two instances where police were in revenue-enhancement mode and wrote tickets, but that's really rare. Our local police dept has a couple of cars with racks that obscure the plates; so it must not be a huge issue to th em.
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No big deal. If you were pulling a trailer they can't see your rear plate either, unless they're able to pull up beside you at just the perfect angle.
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Very few hard core felons drive around with bikes on the back of their vehicles.
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Originally Posted by m_bisson
No big deal. If you were pulling a trailer they can't see your rear plate either, unless they're able to pull up beside you at just the perfect angle.
Pretty much my take on it as well.
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Originally Posted by grampa.sjb
Very few hard core felons drive around with their own bikes on the back of their vehicles.
fixed it.
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Originally Posted by m_bisson
No big deal. If you were pulling a trailer they can't see your rear plate either, unless they're able to pull up beside you at just the perfect angle.
I agree that I haven't ever had an issue with police about this either. But in general if a motor vehicle is pulling a trailer then the trailer should have its own license plate which would be visible.
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We have a rear hanging carrier which actually rests on top of the license plate and have yet to have an issue with the police.
No problems with hitch mount either.

But, like others said, give them a reason ..
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Originally Posted by prathmann
I agree that I haven't ever had an issue with police about this either. But in general if a motor vehicle is pulling a trailer then the trailer should have its own license plate which would be visible.
This varies by state. WI does not require a trailer plate under 3,000 lb GVW
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I've only been pulled over once with bikes on my trunk mount rack. Now if I had my bike mounted on my windshield obscuring my out of inspection sticker I may not have gotten pulled over
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If I were ever cited for license plate obstruction because of my bike rack, I'd be writing yakima a strongly worded letter. They cannot sell a product that when used as intended is illegal. (Internet lawyer here. I'm not actually a lawyer of course, but I think what I said above is true. At least it makes sense.)

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I don't know about other countries but hwre in NZ you can get an extra plate for this.
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Same as here, "You will need to purchase and affix an auxiliary plate if a bike rack or mobility device is attached to your vehicle and obstructs the view of your rear number plate"
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Originally Posted by prathmann
I agree that I haven't ever had an issue with police about this either. But in general if a motor vehicle is pulling a trailer then the trailer should have its own license plate which would be visible.
Trailer license plates only tell you who the trailer belongs to. Doesn't say anything about the vehicle that's doing the towing.
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you won't get pulled for that. just don't get pulled for something else...
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Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it. Not sure how much you want to spend, but I like my setup using a hitch receiver and a bike rack that attaches to it. I got my hitch receiver at etrailer.com. I paid about $200 for the whole setup, but partially because I lucked out and found the actual bike carrier cheap on Craigslist. If I had bought the rack from etrailer.com as well it would have been more like $300 total.
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