Representative Mark A. Wheatley proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Mark A. Wheatley

Senate Sponsor: Gene Davis


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles code relating to license plates.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     requires that a license plate be maintained and displayed in a manner to be plainly
13     readable from a distance of 100 feet during daylight.
14     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
15          None
16     Other Special Clauses:
17          None
18     Utah Code Sections Affected:
19     AMENDS:
20          41-1a-403, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1992, Chapter 1
21          41-1a-404, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 106

23     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24          Section 1. Section 41-1a-403 is amended to read:
25          41-1a-403. Plates to be readable from 100 feet.

26          License plates and the required letters and numerals on them, except the decals and the
27     slogan, shall be of sufficient size and displayed in a manner to be plainly readable from a
28     distance of 100 feet during daylight.
29          Section 2. Section 41-1a-404 is amended to read:
30          41-1a-404. Location and position of plates.
31          (1) License plates issued for a vehicle other than a motorcycle, trailer, or semitrailer
32     shall be attached to the vehicle, one in the front and the other in the rear.
33          (2) The license plate issued for a motorcycle, trailer, or semitrailer shall be attached to
34     the rear of the motorcycle, trailer, or semitrailer.
35          (3) Every license plate shall at all times be:
36          (a) securely fastened:
37          (i) in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which it is issued to prevent the plate from
38     swinging;
39          (ii) at a height of not less than 12 inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom
40     of the plate; and
41          (iii) in a place and position to be clearly visible; [and]
42          (b) maintained:
43          (i) free from foreign materials; and
44          (ii) in a condition to be clearly legible; and
45          (c) displayed in a manner to be plainly readable from a distance of 100 feet during
46     daylight.
47          (4) Enforcement by a state or local law enforcement officer of the requirement under
48     Subsection (1) to attach a license plate to the front of a vehicle shall be only as a secondary
49     action when the vehicle has been detained for a suspected violation by any person in the
50     vehicle of Title 41, Motor Vehicles, other than the requirement under Subsection (1) to attach a
51     license plate to the front of the vehicle, or for another offense.