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      06-12-2012, 03:12 PM   #1
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Front License plate in Massachusetts... is there a problem?

Hello guys,
I live in western mass, and I have been driving without the front license plate for a while now becuase I installed the M3 rep bumper and didn't want any holes in it. Today while applying for a vanity plate I found out that in MA this is obligatory (yeah I know I'm so ignorant). The thing is that I have driven around many cops and so far in 7 months I haven't been pulled over or bothered at all. I might be going to Boston lately for some time, so I'm not sure if cops are strict in this area of MA. I just don't like the idea of placing the license plate on the dash.

Have any of you been pulled over for this?
Thanks for your input in advance.
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      06-12-2012, 03:43 PM   #2
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Have you considered a tow hook plate holder?

http://www.bimmian.com/Tow-Hook-Lice...for-BMW-E71-X6
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      06-12-2012, 04:02 PM   #3
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I know folks who have been ticketed for no front license plate in Boston proper, so I would advise against running only 1 plate.
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      06-12-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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Have you considered a tow hook plate holder?

http://www.bimmian.com/Tow-Hook-Lice...for-BMW-E71-X6
This looks great, but I don't know if the requirement is in the middle of the front bumper as opposed to the side.
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      06-12-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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This looks great, but I don't know if the requirement is in the middle of the front bumper as opposed to the side.
I don't think there's a requirement as long as you're displaying your plates properly. I know many people that have gotten "Failure to display plates properly" tickets in and around Boston, I wouldn't risk it for something stupid.
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      06-12-2012, 06:35 PM   #6
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Cops in Boston can/do pull people over for no front license plate. Some people I know have it in their front windshield. I just use the tow hook bracket.
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      06-13-2012, 10:55 AM   #7
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ive been pulled over twice for it and got warnings now every time i get pulled over they check if its there but i wouldnt put it on if i were you. get some zip ties and tie it on get the sticker and take it off again
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      06-13-2012, 11:02 AM   #8
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I've heard of several people getting tickets for riding without front plates, I suggest you to put em on if you want hassle with cops/tickets. Boston Transport Department are beggars, will do anything to squeeze money out of you.
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I got a ticket for no front plate when I had my G coupe so now I have one on my BMW. It really depends on whether or not they want to stop you for other stuff or just having a bad day.
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Thanks for the info

I guess I'm gonna have to get the tow hook plate holder just to avoid any tickets. In the meantime i will carry my front plate on my dash till I get the holder. Thanks everyone for the responses.

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Is the traffic down there in Boston still a nightmare???
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I guess I'm gonna have to get the tow hook plate holder just to avoid any tickets. In the meantime i will carry my front plate on my dash till I get the holder. Thanks everyone for the responses.

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Is the traffic down there in Boston still a nightmare???
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hey gents... I would actually have to respectfully disagree and here is my experience. I have lived in milton ma for years now (about 9 miles south of downtown boston) and driven a BMW for 10 years. On both my e46 M3 and now my 335 i have never run a front plate and that is approximately 10 years of commuting into Boston daily. Even when i have been pulled over, probably about 4 or 5 times the only thing that has ever happen is the cop saying "get your front plate on".

In short I have never received a ticket or a fine for not running a front plate. Maybe I am just lucky, but just wanted to share my experience.
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Consider yourself lucky JLWB3.

I had no front plate on my prior car for 3 years, not once did I have an issue.

In the first week of owning my BMW, I got a no-front plate ticket MAILED to my house by the Boston Police Department...
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i just got a warning today for no front plate at JFK beach in Boston. had my car for 4 years with no front plate and finally someone said something about it. im going to order my front plate kit from http://www.rhoplate.com/index.html.
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Not having a front plate (if you're required to....older 'green' MA plates like mine only require one) is one of those offenses that very few police--if any--will bother you for *unless* they need a reason to stop your car. Then you've given them a very convenient one. Just like here in MA it is illegal to have *anything* hanging from your rearview mirror (falls under the 'impeded operation' statute). No one is ever going to bother you for it unless they need a reason to stop you.
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I can vouch for this. He got pulled over in the parking lot by a trooper. He was kind enough to accept to meet with me. I would have felt so bad if he did got the ticket. Thanks again for meeting ibecluless.

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i just got a warning today for no front plate at JFK beach in Boston. had my car for 4 years with no front plate and finally someone said something about it. im going to order my front plate kit from http://www.rhoplate.com/index.html.
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