More local drivers using illegal license plate covers

Hampden County
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It’s something police are seeing more drivers using: license plate covers.

Chicopee Police said you can’t use a license plate cover if it interferes with the visibility of your license plate.

Under state law, license plate numbers are required to be legible and unobscured by a glass or plastic cover. Those who violate the law could be fined up to $35 for a first offense, $75 for a second, and $150 for a third offense.

Chicopee Police officer Mike Wilk told 22News they have pulled people over from using license plate covers. He explained, “If there is something that blocks that plate that stops us from being able to read it. Blocks lettering, the wording of the plate, we can absolutely pull you over for the obstructed plate and look into it further.”

Inspectors at Brad’s Service Center in Chicopee told 22News a vehicle would fail the annual state inspection if its license plate cover interferes with the lettering on the plate.

MassDOT said obstructed plates only contribute to less than 1 percent of uncollected revenue in the state’s toll system.

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