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Md. motorcycle license tags getting smaller

September 17, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- A new law changing the size of Maryland's motorcycle license plates doesn't require riders to replace them right away, a Motor Vehicle Administration spokesman said.

The law, which takes effect Oct. 1, calls for smaller motorcycle plates. They will be 7 inches wide by 4 inches high. They now measure 8 1/2 inches high by 4 1/2 inches wide.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, sponsored the bill, which passed during the 2008 Maryland General Assembly session. He said the bill was needed because most states had the same plate size, but Maryland didn't.

Dan Lafferty, a sales manager at Twigg Cycles in Hagerstown, said it's difficult to fit Maryland's plates into chrome frames and other after-market products designed for the standard-sized plates used in most states.

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For many in Maryland, though, there will be no immediate changes Oct. 1.

MVA spokesman Buel Young said motorcyclists aren't required to get new plates by that day. They can replace old plates if they stop at an MVA office, he said. Some new plates are available, but others are in production.

Lafferty said Twigg Cycles, which also issues plates, hasn't received new ones and probably won't for several weeks, as it uses its existing supply.

Young said it's more important for riders to have a valid registration than a new plate.

There are about 17,500 registered motorcycles in Maryland, he said.

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