Model 3

No Front Platers vs. Parking Enforcement Officers

[V2 of material – I was too anxious before, to share my discovery. Could have been a lot clearer.]

Some of us don't want to mount the front license plate even if required by law, e.g. California. A few in this group are getting professional help. :-)

Appears that Franz may be a member of the “No Front Platers.” In all of his beautiful designs, there is no obvious place to mount a front plate.

Franz Von Holzhausen is chief designer of Tesla Motors

I've been looking for five years, for a good solution for my particular issue. I sometimes go up to The City. My wife and I really enjoy the trips, but it does cause me some anxiety knowing that there’s a high risk of a ticket for no front plate – The City is notorious for this.

Finally, a solution: Snapplate



So now, we drive up to The City, find a parking space after an exhausting search; then:

*** Snap on the front plate, shop and/or dine, return to car, snap plate off – no tickets.

As a retired IT Security Consultant, I appreciate its security design. By default, “Security Through Obscurity.” Not obvious how to remove the plate. If you have concerns and an extra 20 secs, you can install an optional, non-obvious security screw.
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Comments

  • edited November 2019
    Forgive me, - I don't get it.
    Why would you only want to put the plates on while you are parked? I'm in California and I was ticketed for not having the front plates on while driving.
  • edited November 2019
    Does happen, but very rarely. We have 2 Tesli, a 2017 3 and a 2014 S, Neither has ever had a front plate. There's been other posts in here and the S forum about how rare it is.

    The most common tickets are issued while parking or if you've been pulled over for a different violation. Not just my experience, but seems to be the case of many others.
  • edited November -1
    Lol
  • edited November 2019
    Too expensive. $120+

    I'd like it if it was 1/2 that ludicrous price.

    That's 6 $20 fix-it tickets.
  • edited November 2019
    Didn't he start another thread a few days back on snap plate that Magic completely detailed?
  • edited November 2019
    I have been utterly amazed by the amount of Teslas I see in SoCal (S, X, & 3s) that do not put on their front plate. I grew up in Florida which is a rear plate only state, but I have now been in LA for 13 years. I have never once thought that because of the car's design, I would risk getting a ticket by not having my front plate on. There are 31 states that have plates on both the front and rear of the car. Most European countries I believe also require front and rear plates.

    I guess my question is what about Tesla owners makes it so wrong to have these front plates on the car to risk fix-it tickets?
  • edited November 2019
    A License Plate Display Failure ticket will cost you $196 and Up in fines plus $1,000+ in insurance hikes and penalties
  • edited November 2019
    I'm going to flag this thread if you lie again. This is NOT a moving violation. There are NO points.

    Please stop pumping this bullshit product.
  • edited November 2019
    The above is a copy/paste from Google search:

    price of no front plate in california
  • edited November 2019
    Flagged.
  • edited November -1
    ronjolley | November 13, 2019
    A License Plate Display Failure ticket will cost you $1,000+ in insurance hikes and penalties
    Does not compute.. Moving violations raise rates not non moving ones...
  • edited November 2019
    SamO | November 13, 2019
    Too expensive. $120+

    Agree.. The price is waaaaaay to high...
  • edited November 2019
    Trying to remember the last car I had a front plate on in CA. It's been at least 20 years, maybe more without a ticket for it.
  • edited November -1
    I love articles that makes claims with the word "could" or "may" in them.
  • edited November -1
    lbowroom | November 13, 2019
    I love articles that makes claims with the word "could" or "may" in them.
    Agree... It's a poorly written article.. I don't know of any major insurance co that jacks up rates for non moving violations. Most non moving violations are not even reported to them to begin with..

    Sure maybe the cut rate, I can't get insurance anywhere because I've had 7 DUI's insurance co would, but major companies? I'd think not...
  • edited November 2019
    Curious to hear from anyone who's gotten a ticket in San Francisco. Regardless of the fine, I don't want the ticket.

    Still not willing to put the plate on. Might change my tune if I got a ticket. I do think that I've reduced the chances.
  • edited November 2019
    Of course it reduces your chances of getting a ticket. Especially when parked. ;-)

    Personally. I'll either put one on or not. No way I'm swapping at every stop
  • edited November 2019
    Only when I go into the city, where they have parking enforcement officers. Where I live, parking is fine
  • edited November -1
    If someone wants to steal a plate off a tesla that isn't stuck directly on the car a quick yank down will probably break the grill thereby freeing the plate from the car.
  • edited November 2019
    @cybergrafx Your chances of getting a ticket in CA are higher if you park in certain areas. For example if you park at a sporting event, concert, etc, the police that are on traffic control before and after the event will patrol the parking lot DURING the event looking for expired tags and missing front plates.

    BTW after avoiding attaching my plate for a year I finally went to a license plate wrap. Looks great as it applies to the body and reflects the light of the contours of the front bumper. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback.
  • edited November 2019
    @ronjolley "Curious to hear from anyone who's gotten a ticket in San Francisco. Regardless of the fine, I don't want the ticket."

    Yes, I have.

    The fine *would* have been $121 unless I got it "fixed" by putting the plate on and getting a police officer to sign off - then I paid just $20, as I recall.

    The parking meter maids in San Francisco are obnoxious about this issue. I posted my experience earlier, with the one who gave me the ticket ... deliberately waiting (after he saw me pulling into the parking spot) till I walked away before putting the ticket on my windshield.

    I ended up getting a removable plate too (different model - but also with a magnetic attachment to a part that stays on the grill), and keep it on with the security screws for driving around town now. Better than the stick on tape from Tesla, or drilling holes.

    The dead bug splatter on Highway 5 heading to Southern California makes the plate quite a gross sight. The car is relatively easy to clean, the plates are not. So, I plan to take the plate off for those long trips.
  • edited November 2019
    License Plate Wrap
    https://licenseplatewrap.com/
  • edited November 2019
    Rofl
  • edited November 2019
    The only no front plate ticket I have gotten is Denver meter maids when parked in a Denver public parking spot even though there is money in the meter. $99 way back when. I just don't park in a Denver public parking spot.
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