Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby tylersdad on Sat 20/Jun/09 12:59pm

bugger me with a wobbly banana.

no warning no nothing. The least they can do is give a warning for 1st time offenders.

anyone objected to this before and got off the fine ?

bloody blatant revenue gathering. his reason - if i was photographed by a camera i would not get the ticket. no other reason.
other than not being able to get me for speeding, its not exactly hazardous or dangerous is it.

i am so pissed off.
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby happybaboon on Sat 20/Jun/09 1:02pm

Sucks, but there's lots of reasons for requiring number plates to be visible. It's not just speeding... What about if someone bowled you over while you were out on your bike and you/passers by were not able to take the numberplate down 'cos it was obscured?
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby Biker4Life on Sat 20/Jun/09 1:03pm

U broke a law, it may be a stupid law but its still a law. Stop whining and get over it.
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby Kyle on Sat 20/Jun/09 1:05pm

Obscured by what? If it can't be seen whats the point in having one?
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby Chanting on Sat 20/Jun/09 1:06pm

Assuming it wasnt visable because you were carring bikes.

Did you ask him what you could do about it? Because I believe that a 2nd 'plate' on the end of the bike rack isnt legal either (someone correct me if Im wrong), and thats the most logical solution.
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby tylersdad on Sat 20/Jun/09 1:09pm

i had dropped bike off at home. headed out to pick up mini-me.

yeah i know i gotta pay it. all i'm saying is a warning would suffice for first time offence.
$200 is a bit steep.
how am i going to feed the whanau now ?
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby tylersdad on Sat 20/Jun/09 1:10pm

and thats the funny thing - it is OK to obscure your plate if you have a bike on. he said it.
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby slidecontrol on Sat 20/Jun/09 1:14pm

should have just shot him and driven off.

with an obscured plate how would they track you down :blink:
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby ThingOne on Sat 20/Jun/09 1:32pm

tylersdad wrote:and thats the funny thing - it is OK to obscure your plate if you have a bike on. he said it.


Thats shit.. So basically its not OK to drive around with a bike rack without a bike on it?..

The law around bike racks is really unclear, as by design they will obscure the license plate, however its illegal to make a plate to go on the other side of the bike rack, and you cant actually buy a 3rd license plate.

So in effect bike shops are selling a product that is illegal to use.

Submit that argument to LTNZ and see what happens. I reckon you will get off this.
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby Joshguy01 on Sat 20/Jun/09 1:44pm

I've had words with a police officer about bikes,racks and the obscuring of plates. Seemingly racks are by design, illegal. The officer was going to ticket us for the bikes obscuring the plate till we talked him round, where the hell else where we supposed to stack dh bikes? Apparently its breaking the law :hmmm:
Interestingly enough, it would seem rally and race cars with the driver and co-driver's names on the windows shouldn't pass a warrant because the letters should technically count as a tint! :huh:
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby wachtourak on Sat 20/Jun/09 2:11pm

Breaking the law, then not accepting responsibility for your actions and trying to avoid the punishment sounds like something a bad father do if you ask me.
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby tylersdad on Sat 20/Jun/09 2:17pm

i broke the law - yes.
i accept responsibility - yes.
Trying to avoid - no.
pissed off at the fiscal amount levied - yes.
bad father - no.
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby avantibill on Sat 20/Jun/09 2:26pm

slidecontrol wrote:should have just shot him and driven off.

with an obscured plate how would they track you down :blink:

you play GTA IV too huh?
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby slidecontrol on Sat 20/Jun/09 2:39pm

avantibill wrote:
slidecontrol wrote:should have just shot him and driven off.

with an obscured plate how would they track you down :blink:

you play GTA IV too huh?



nah, I'm naturally psychotic :)
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Re: Obscured # Plate = $200 Fine

Postby ratrod on Sat 20/Jun/09 2:51pm

ThingOne wrote:
tylersdad wrote:and thats the funny thing - it is OK to obscure your plate if you have a bike on. he said it.


Thats shit.. So basically its not OK to drive around with a bike rack without a bike on it?..

The law around bike racks is really unclear, as by design they will obscure the license plate, however its illegal to make a plate to go on the other side of the bike rack, and you cant actually buy a 3rd license plate.

So in effect bike shops are selling a product that is illegal to use.

Submit that argument to LTNZ and see what happens. I reckon you will get off this.


I've had this argument with my Dad, who was an officer of the law. His take on it was that if I use a bike rack it's my responsibility to make the number plate visible, i.e. move the plate.
On his boat trailer(s) he had a removable light/plate bracket that he would tie onto the back of the boat and move between boat trailers. I was thinking about doing something like that.
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