Texas Lawmaker Wants To Exempt $60,000+ Cars From Requiring A Front License Plate

A Texas lawmaker has proposed a bill that would exempt luxury cars from the compulsory front license plate.

Republican representative, Ken King, is pushing for House Bill 673 (HB 673) which will effectively allow vehicles worth over $60,000 to ditch the front license plate. While some car owners will welcome a decision like that, it’s interesting to see why the politician wants this bill to apply only to vehicles that are worth $60,000 or above.

According to Mr. King, many modern sports cars and luxury cars do not leave the factory with a pre-designated mounting location for a license plate. That’s true, but it doesn’t only apply to cars that cost more than 60 grand, there are also cheaper cars that do not come with a front plate bracket.

Why discriminate against owners of less expensive cars? Needless to say, this bill proposal could lead to a potential class system issue.

Historically, the state of Texas has had a dual plate law since 1934 requiring cars to feature front and rear license plates and display them at all times. However, in 2011 House Bill 2357 significantly amended this rule, stating that not clearly displaying the plates is illegal and punishable with a fine (currently $200).

If Ken King’s proposed House Bill 673 passes, vehicles worth over $60,000 will no longer abide to that rule. Basically, HB 673 would add a category to section 504.943 of the Texas Transportation Code called “luxury passenger vehicle.” The problem is this definition is quite vague and could include anything from expensive classics to sports cars and luxury vehicles.

An even bigger issue is the fact that the bill would forcefully define two categories of car owners: those who own expensive cars and those who don’t — potentially demeaning the latter. Furthermore, each category will be clearly visible on the road depending on the presence or absence of the front license plate. We’re curious what’s your take on this.

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  • Blade t

    That’s a messed up bill..

  • Peter Vancouver

    It will make it easier for the Cops to know which cars to stop for random screening 🙂

    • SetNick


  • charlotteharry57

    King has WAY too much free time on his hands.

    • (⌐■_■)

      don’t you know we have way too many lawyers?

      • Perry F. Bruns

        Don’t you know that’s just what people say right up until they need lawyers?

  • BlackPegasus

    I would support any bill that does away with the intrusive front plates but the selective application of this legislation can be seen as classist.

  • Richard Alexander

    How do they address depreciation?

    • BlackPegasus

      They don’t… that’s why it’s a dumb proposal. Just outlaw ALL front plates no matter the MSRP.

  • ace_9

    Maybe also a legal priority in traffic for rich people? Cleaner water and air? Capitalism still has plenty of ways to go. Poor people are just an annoyance anyway.

    • LJ

      Let’s go with socialism/communism and have shared misery for everyone instead.

      • ace_9

        You clearly have bad memories. You must be old and wise, so please know, that I was not suggesting any misery. I think there could be a balance found if reasonable people would really try. But most of them are like you having old scars and being scared of anything resembling the troubled past.

        • LJ

          What are you talking about?

      • Six_Tymes

        a great idea, I mean whats wrong with Venezuelan? I see nothing wrong there… and Germany did well in the 30’s and 40’s

        at least you know i am being facetious

      • bd0007

        Funny – people living in “socialist” countries like Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, etc. have among the highest happiness rates in the world (ahead of the US).

        Also, many Americans pine for the 1950s-1960s (a period known for prosperity and immense growth of the American middle class – well, for white Americans).

        The top tax marginal rate was 90%.

        • BlackPegasus

          Desperate times called for desperate measures. A 90% tax margin in the mid 20th century was probably a necessary evil, but as you stated it probably won’t fly today.

          • bd0007

            A 90% top marginal tax rate wouldn’t fly today, but rolling back the top rate to pre-Reagon or even pre-Bush II is entirely feasible.

        • LJ

          The US was never a socialist country.

    • Six_Tymes

      you sound like an elitist yourself. what are the solutions then oh expert know it all? instead of regurgitating the usual BS of hatred, lets hear your proven solutions.

      • ace_9

        For license plates? 😀 Not requiring them on any car, since they obviously are not so important if they would be unnecessary on expensive cars. For socio-economical and political system it’s much more complicated and I’m no expert, but even I can imagine some improvements. But I will not go into details, because I think it would be a waste of time. You just want my opinion either to prove me wrong or to prove me I know nothing.

        • Liam Paul

          you did that pretty well on your own

  • LJ

    It’s ok to tax the wealthy at higher rates, but let more expensive cars forego the front license plate and everyone loses their minds.

    • ace_9

      That’s because the “wealthy” are otherwise furiously avoiding taxes and other payments as much as possible. So, they are contributing far less percentage wise than common people. Bigger taxes are just an effort to correct that at least partially.

      • willhaven

        As a percentage, yes, but the wealthy pay over 70% of the taxes.

        • ace_9

          I don’t understand. So they avoid 30 % of taxes they should pay? It would be surprisingly low number for me, but might be true.

          • willhaven

            Federal taxes.

          • willhaven

            The top 10% will end up paying just shy of 90% of federal taxes.

          • ace_9

            Maybe. I don’t really know. But I don’t believe it’s really their personal money. And I also don’t think they obtained such sums in a 100 % legal way. I would tax more suspicious incomes and then there might not be even a need for taxing the rest of the people.

          • willhaven

            That information is available through the IRS. The US has a progressive tax system and is one of the reasons why 50% of the population pays no taxes.

          • LJ

            So your position is based on not knowing what you’re talking about and assumptions?

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Anyone would think he was POTUS.

        • bd0007

          That’s b/c they now have the bulk of income (above the minimal threshold).

          The disparity btwn the wealthy and working/middle class hasn’t been this bad since the time of the Robber Barrons.

          • willhaven

            Now? The wealthy have always had the bulk of income. Literally for all of time, in any structure of government or economy.

    • Tydogg123 .

      Two completely different issues.

      • LJ

        Connected by hypocrisy and double-standards.

    • bd0007

      Not at all – the wealthy accumulate their wealth in part by greater use of the nation’s infrastructure, defense spending, etc.

      • LJ

        Most of the nation’s infrastructure was built by the wealthy.

        • bd0007

          It was actually built by the poor/working class – a lot of them being immigrants, whether they be Irish, Italian and Chinese laborers (transcontinental railroad, etc.).

          It was paid either by tax monies or huge incentives/giveaways by the govt.

          And how do you think wealthy people get so in the 1st place?

          Off the backs of thousands, if not hundred of thousands of laborers (see the Chinese billionaires).

          • LJ

            Yeah… not through hard work or anything.

  • skinny

    Is this lawmaker a moron? Sh*t like this and you wonder why the country is soo divisive politically these days. Talk about a elitist. Do these morons think before they draft bills? $60K threshold? how do you deal with depreciation? Is it just based on the original MSRP of car?


  • Six_Tymes

    lmao. this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in awhile. this dude is an embarrassment to their party. it is a waste of time and peoples money.

  • SetNick

    I am a Texan. I think it’s a great idea but needs to be applicable to all vehicles. Many of my neighbors would agree. The only point having a front plate is it gives the toll road people a second target. SMH 🤦‍♂️ (Disclaimer I know there are plenty other reason written in the laws and also the opinions of authority.)🤷‍♂️

  • kachuks

    Its Texas. More than half of our $60k+ vehicles are probably trucks, lol.

    • KAG25

      That is most states now, people like them trucks dressed up as cars.

  • KAG25

    So $60k of the new price or current price, because

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Let’s just get rid of all requirements for front plates??

  • John F. Murphy

    Let me guess, King just bought a $60,000.00 car and doesn’t want to change the look with a plate. I know Texas is a GREAT state, but there isn’t anything more pressing that could be worked on?!? Just saying

  • FlameWater

    The point of a license plate is to identify a vehicle, you`re making it easier for criminals and speeders to get away.

    • brn

      Yep. Either the front plate has a meaningful purpose or it doesn’t. If it does, require it on all cars. If it doesn’t, don’t require it on any cars.

  • europeon

    I don’t get the whole fuss about not having front license plates.

    In Europe all cars have front license plates and nobody is complaining or even thinking of getting rid of them. And in Europe all plates are standard, we don’t have the plethora of custom designs like in the US.

    • brn

      Even in a single State, we can have hundreds of designs. It’s ridiculous.

      • Socarboy

        That is definitely the case in South Carolna

  • DM

    I really think certain cars look better without front license plates, especially those with large grilles and sporty looks. That being said, and keeping in mind that license plates are there for safety reasons, a good solution might be a license plate sticker/decal mounted in the lower part of the windshield, like the Uber/Lyft logo decals some cars have.

    • Subi-Rubicon1

      I agree with your opinion. There are many countries that already do this. A decal on the windshield on any car, regardless of value can opt for this.


  • Ary Wisesa

    For the Lexus LS grille, I agree that license plate is not necessary, and it could ruin the beautiful intricacies of the grille matrix.

    But in case of Avalon, its grille is truly hideous it needs to be adorned with license plate. LOL….

    Btw, to be fair, the law should apply to all cars, not only for expensive ones.


  • Blanka Li

    I think it should be optional to ditch the front plate for all cars. Local governments don’t like the idea because, you know, traffic cameras and lost revenue.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Well, no, we’re mostly raising middle fingers now.

  • europeon

    I am talking about the custom DESIGNS with graphics and images they have in the US.
    Custom plates – as in custom letter sequences – are offered in most EU countries.

    • Jarosław Kotowicz

      I am not talking about custom letter sequences. I am talking about custom sizes.

  • Jarosław Kotowicz

    You are wrong. I live in Poland so I can tell you from first hand
    In Poland you can choose between standard plates, two row plates, short plates.
    In Germany standard plates, short plates, American size plates.
    Czech Republic standard plates and American size plates.
    Not sure how it looks in other countries.

    • europeon

      Those are standard plates, you can get those formats in all EU countries. Standard, short, and square.

  • europeon

    Do you understand I was talking about something else?
    EU has some standard size license plates beside the classic one, there is nothing custom about them.
    And BTW, the square ones are motorcycle plates which can also be used by cars that can’t fit a standard one, they’re not “American size”.

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