Senate Bill No. 600
(By Senators Kessler, Hunter and Ross)
[Introduced February 17, 2003; referred to the Committee on
Transportation; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section fifteen, article three, chapter
seventeen-a of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to registration
plates for motorcycles; allowing for plates to be fastened in
vertical position; and requiring the commissioner of the
division of motor vehicles to offer owners of motorcycles the
choice of registration plates for vertical or horizontal
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section fifteen, article three, chapter seventeen-a of
the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. ORIGINAL AND RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION; ISSUANCE OF
CERTIFICATES OF TITLE.
§17A-3-15. Display of registration plates.
(a) Registration plates issued for vehicles required to be
hereunder under this article shall be attached to the
rear thereof of the vehicles except that on truck tractors and road
tractors designed and constructed to pull trailers or semitrailers,
the registration plate shall be mounted to the front.
(b) Every registration plate shall at all times be securely
fastened in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which it is
issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging and at a height of
not less than twelve inches from the ground, measuring from the
such the plate, in a place and position to be clearly
visible and shall be maintained free from foreign materials and in
a condition to be clearly legible.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of this
section, a registration plate on a motorcycle may be fastened in
vertical position if it is designed for vertical positioning. The
commissioner shall offer owners of motorcycles the choice of
registration plates for vertical or horizontal positioning.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
plates for motorcycles to be fastened in vertical position and to
require the Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles to offer
owners of motorcycles the choice of registration plates for
vertical or horizontal positioning.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would