During his daily commute on Interstate 35 and U.S. 69, Gary Caviness has noticed “numerous” pickup trucks without license plates.
“Typically, these trucks will have Harley-Davidson or John Deere type plates on the back of their vehicle. What gives?” the Overland Park resident asked. “Do they have an exemption that we don't know about? Can I put my AKC plate on the back of my truck and not register it properly?”
As cool as those AKC plates are, Gary, they won’t suffice. Both Missouri and Kansas require registration and license tags on vehicles driven on public roadways.
Kansas requires one rear plate and Missouri generally issues two plates for each vehicle. But the Show-Me State issues only one plate for small vehicles like motorcycles and large ones like buses, trailers and “property-carrying commercial motor vehicles” with a gross weight above 12,000 pounds.
Just the other day, the Dog saw a large business truck lumbering down State Line Road without a rear plate, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the driver was skirting the law.
The Watchdog says that if anybody wants to buy a $20 AKC plate in his honor, he’d rather the money be spent on local craft beer.
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