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Old 03-01-19, 04:06 PM
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License plates for road bikes in NC???

It's a real possibility because of House Bill 157 that would require registration of each bike you ride on a state road, $10 fee per year per bike and get this you would have to put a "suitably sized" license plate on your bike.

I urge every rider in NC to contact their House Representative and demand they vote NO for the ludicrous idea.

First you have to go to this site to see who represents you but in great state fashion the links for the names don't work.
https://www.ncleg.gov/Members/RepresentationByCounty/H

Then cross reference this page for their contact information:
https://www.ncleg.gov/Members/ContactInfo/H

The "theory" is that it will be used by the Dept Of Transportation to improve cycling but as every NC resident knows, the "Education Lottery" did NOTHING for teachers. I know, my daughter teaches and we buy a ton of items for her classroom that the state should provide but won't.

If you ride in NC please link this to every rider you know.
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Old 03-01-19, 04:36 PM
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I end up with several bikes that I ride, so I could get hit with $100 in annual fees. But, that also means that I ride a lot of miles.

The program likely would generate income, but half of that would likely get chewed up in administration and enforcement.

Could the registration system help prevent bike theft? National registration?

Oregon came up with the concept of a Bicycle Sales Tax a year ago. It doesn't really affect me much, and I don't mind chipping a bit of my share.

However, I've thought about this some, and one of the main purviews of the local government is to promote health and well being of the citizens. And, that means providing parks, and promoting health and fitness activities.

Adding impediments to health and fitness is counterproductive.

In fact, society would be better if the governments would subsidize new bike purchases rather than taxing them, and pay the citizens say $10 for every 1000 verified miles they ride (commuter/utility miles?)

Of course, if you live in a sales tax state, you can point out that cyclists are already getting taxed on bike purchases and parts/consumable purchases. Even without sales taxes, they get hit with income taxes (plus taxes on businesses and employees they support), property taxes, driver's license taxes, etc.
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Old 03-05-19, 09:23 AM
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Yep, ridiculous money grab and nothing more. Hope it goes absolutely nowhere.
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Old 03-08-19, 02:17 PM
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Nc bike registration bill

I too would urge all NC bike riders to contact their legislators to vote against this bike registration bill. I have several bikes that I keep at my house that folks visiting can ride. I've been in the Bike rental business for 40 years on the OBX that many of our Visitors take advantage of. It would be a nightmare of a Bill pertaining to enforcement and a financial hardship on the business Community, Residents, everyone that enjoys biking. What happens with Out of State bike riders when they bring their bikes into NC. This Bill has not been thought through. It's opening a can of worms that will produce little if any revenue beyond implementation cost.
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Old 03-09-19, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Honeycga001 View Post
I too would urge all NC bike riders to contact their legislators to vote against this bike registration bill. I have several bikes that I keep at my house that folks visiting can ride. I've been in the Bike rental business for 40 years on the OBX that many of our Visitors take advantage of. It would be a nightmare of a Bill pertaining to enforcement and a financial hardship on the business Community, Residents, everyone that enjoys biking. What happens with Out of State bike riders when they bring their bikes into NC. This Bill has not been thought through. It's opening a can of worms that will produce little if any revenue beyond implementation cost.
Georgia tried to pass such a law a few years back. The sponsors withdrew it after not much action. I expect that this NC bill will also die in committee. It is currently in the Transportation Committee, of which my state rep is a member. I plan on writing to her.

I also find it interesting that the sponsor, Jeffery Elmore, lists "Less Regulation" on his web site. The NC Motto is Esse quam videri, which means "To be rather than to seem". Mr. Elmore has it backwards.
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Old 03-09-19, 07:03 PM
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Stupidest law ever. Perfect evidence that lawmakers have lost their minds. I hope ever citizen (not just cyclist) calls, writes, emails, etc. in to let them know that this is not what citizens want from their public officials.
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Old 03-11-19, 05:50 AM
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I emailed both my representatives, Rep. Mitchell Setzer emailed and called me to discuss the bill. He is completely against it and was wanting more information to fight the bill. Thankfully someone in Raleigh is listening.
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Old 03-11-19, 06:06 AM
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I have confidence you guys can stop this if enough of you write in. I recall during the early 1990's there was a plan to start charging $$$ to people on bicycles entering Mt. Diablo State Park in the SF Bay Area. A bunch of us riders wrote to our state legislators, and signed petitions, and were able to successfully block the measure.

If it were the feds doing this, you'd have no chance, but state-level your voice can often be heard, and your voice matters to elected officials, especially if you get enough other people to join in. Good luck bros!
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These are the times when communities such as this site come in handy. This is something we all should be on the same accord and concerned about.

Legislators apparently get bored and have nothing better to do than invent cockamamie laws and income building schemes such as this. But this type of thinking needs to be nipped in the bud and vanquished quickly lest it snowball out of control.

The last thing we need is a bunch of legislation raining down to encroach on our freedom to spoil all the fun of cycling. What effects one (community, state, jurisdiction, area), effects us all. Uncle Sam keep out.

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Old 03-12-19, 04:36 AM
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Done, all four contacted.
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Seriously doubt it will even make it to a vote. Like the police don’t have enough to do? The cost of making the plates, admin of the program and enforcement far out weigh any money the state would make @$10 per bike.

You just can’t make this stuff up. What’s sad is these clowns got voted into office.
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very long thread, with lots of info can be found here: https://www.bikeforums.net/general-c...ation-fee.html

I thought BikeWalkNC's 'form letter' type response was weak. I really liked Asheville Bikes' reply a lot more, as it was a lot more indepth.

Contact every representative, not just the ones that are from your area/district.

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Old 03-25-19, 07:21 PM
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I just emailed my rep and his leg. Assistant. I will follow up with a ph call to his office tomorrow. This has got to be stopped.
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I just emailed my rep and his leg. Assistant. I will follow up with a ph call to his office tomorrow. This has got to be stopped.
I really appreciate everyone that contacted their Reps. I touched base with Representive Elmore a few weeks back who presented the Bill expressing my opinion and he said the Bill was dead. Never under estimate the Power of the People when it come to Legislation.
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Yahoo!!
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See if they'll make you a vanity plate. If so, get one that says 370H55V. Then display the tag upside down.
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