7 LONG TITLE
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:
16 Other Special Clauses:
18 Utah Code Sections Affected:
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
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; [
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
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.