Ticketed in AZ for only having one plate on the front of my truck

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by Xixin, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. Xixin

    Xixin Bobtail Member

    Mar 27, 2021
    The license plates are fastened to the front of 18 Wheeler's, RIGHT? I'm just checking because an Arizona State Cop pulled me over and wrote me a ticket for not having one on the back of my #### truck...
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  3. JSanborn103

    JSanborn103 Light Load Member

    Jan 20, 2021
    Were you bobtailing?
  4. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2021
  5. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    I’ve never seen a license plate on the back of a tractor. However, I have heard of guys getting dinged for not having a rear license plate light. Makes sense, lol.

    My truck has a fake plate on the back that just says something like, “this is an apportioned vehicle” or some such thing.
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  6. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    If u are bobtailing. Arizona will nail u for it.
  7. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Heavy Load Member

    Nov 6, 2019
    Go to your states DMV website, or search out CMV codes or statutes for your state. I found the listing for my home state that states only 1 plate is issued to a commercial vehicle and it is to be attached to the front of the vehicle. I printed it out and keep it in my permit book. I've yet to use it but prepared too when needed.

    It's almost tempting just to go buy one of those old license plates in a novelty store and hang it when in AZ, then those dopes won't even take a second look to see if it matches the front. And don't they even know this by now? I assume the ticket is just a fine? I wouldn't pay a dime knowing my home state only issues 1 plate and it's to be attached to the front. See you in court.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2021
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  8. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    That's weird because Az. only issues one plate for cars, which goes on the rear, obviously.
  9. 062

    062 Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Should be a code on the ticket for the law/regulation you “broke”. Look it up and see what it says. Could be a bogus ticket that no one has ever called them on.
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  10. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Heavy Load Member

    Nov 6, 2019
    I used to be leased to a company out of Ohio and they gave us a form from the DMV stating only 1 plate issued in Ohio and to be mounted on the front. Then when I went full owner op I found my states regulations and printed them out. I don't think a ticket would hold up because you're not even registered in AZ. Same as tinted windows, if you're from Florida, AZ, or NV, or any state that allows them, how can you be ticketed elsewhere. It's not like you're going to remove your tint to travel through a state that it might be illegal in after all your car is legal in your home state. So are you supposed to get a rear license plate for your tractor when you travel to AZ? I don't think so.

  11. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

    Feb 18, 2015
    Avon Lake, Ohio
    How annoying!!!! I have never seen a plate on the back of a tractor and I have been out here since 1997 off and on. Now straight trucks, sure...but no front plate on straight trucks!
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