Plan for new Florida license plates put on hold

The raised surfaces on Florida's current plates make it difficult for the cameras to accurately record tag numbers, authorities claim.

The raised surfaces on Florida's current plates make it difficult for the cameras to accurately record tag numbers, authorities claim.

TALLAHASSEE — Proposed changes in the Florida license plates and how they are distributed are on hold to consider new information and opposition from tax collectors.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on Tuesday withdrew its request for approval of the plans by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet.

The agency wants the plates redesigned to make it easier for toll and red light cameras to read them.

Executive Director Julie Jones says she wants to resolve tax collectors' worries about the option of a private contractor handling distribution now done by their offices.

Jones also says she's been assured by the state's prison industry agency, which makes the current raised letter and number tags, that it can produce the proposed flat tags.

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Gov. Scott, Florida Cabinet consider new license plates

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are considering a proposal for new license plates that would be easier for toll and red light cameras to read.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is asking for approval of the plan Tuesday.

The new plates would be completely flat. The raised surfaces on current plates make it difficult for the cameras to accurately record tag numbers.

As a result, millions in tolls and red light fines are going uncollected.

The agency's executive director, Julie Jones, says so far this year alone red light cameras have failed to read 2.8 million tags.

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