HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – After being gone for a little more than two years, one lawmaker wants to reintroduce registration stickers to Pennsylvania vehicles.
At the end of 2016, Pennsylvania no longer required registration stickers to be displayed on Pennsylvania vehicles. The move was expected to save them three million dollars per year.
Representative Barry Jozwiak says the move actually cost money, because drivers simply did not register their vehicles. He also says law enforcement spoken to him about the lack of a sticker causing problems.
“If the license plate is expired, they can see it. They can stop the car,” said Rep. Jozwiak. “A lot of times, expired registrations produce no inspection, no insurance. Sometimes the driver is not licensed. And then it goes on to other things. Sometimes there’s drugs in the car, or it’s a stolen car. So, it’s a probable cause issue for law enforcement. “
Rep. Jozwiak is introducing a bill that would create a 2-in-1 sticker for license plates, verifying that a vehicle is both registered and inspected.
“I believe a license plate sticker is important for public safety and for the police,” said Jozwiak.
Representative Jozwiak plans to meet with law enforcement next week, before introducing the bill in the House.
PennDOT says registration numbers increased in 2018, compared to 2017. They also say customers have given positive feedback to the new system.