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Texas currently requires vehicles, except for motorcycles, to display both a front and rear license plate. But that may be about to change. Earlier this week representative Larry Gonzales of Williamson County introduced a bill (H.B. 276) to alter that requirement so that only a single rear license plate would be required in the future. The bill, favored by state hobbyists (if not lobbyists – ed.), would apply to passenger cars and light trucks.

H.B. 276 is supported by SEMA (the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association). As currently introduced by Representative Gonzales:

H.B. 276 would apply to all passenger cars used to accommodate 10 or fewer passengers and light trucks, including pickup trucks, panel delivery trucks, or carryall trucks that have a manufacturer’s rated carrying capacity of 2,000 pounds or less.

H.B. 276 would protect the aesthetic contours of collector cars and relieve vehicle owners of the burden of having to create mounting holes on fabricated bumpers, etc.

H.B. 276 would save money, conserve resources and bring Texas in line with other states that have moved to a single plate requirement.

If you want to support this legislation (and why – as a car-lovin’, God-fearin’ Texan – wouldn’t you?), just go to, click on Single License Plate Reintroduced in Texas Legislature, click on CONTACT LAWMAKERS, CLICK ON ALLOW, and then compose your email. We’ll, of course, keep you posted on this legislation as it advances. Or doesn’t.

Another important issue is connected with traffic violation. Apparently, you can get a ticket even for a minor violation. Read more at

Alan Pease

Alan Pease is our Central Texas correspondent, covering city, county and state government, as well as all that's taking place at the Circuit of the Americas. Alan is a long time automotive and motorcycle industry professional, and covered the approval, development and opening of the Circuit of the Americas for Autoweek magazine. Prior to writing for Autoweek and txGarage Alan designed and executed over 350 individual press introductions, drive routes, and ride-and-drive events for BMW cars, BMW Motorcycles, MINI Cooper, Aston Martin, Jaguar Cars, and several General Motors divisions. Press introductions took him across the entire United States (including Alaska), as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. Alan also raced in the Inaugural Iron Butt Rallye, riding as a Factory Rider for BMW Motorcycles. He finished the 10 day, 10,000 mile solo rider race tied for 1st place. He lives in Austin, Texas, and can be reached by email at .

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