September 12, 2006

Time to Switch, I Guess.

'God Bless America' tag available in state Oct. 2

Again with the car tags. I've ranted about this before, so you can skip it if you want.

Now, I love God and America and Alabama and cars, but Alabama has so many different types of car tags that it's gotten ridiculous. There are NASCAR plates, college plates, military plates, 25 different specialty tags, eight oxymoronic "generic specialty" tags, plates for the revenooers themselves, commercial vehicle plates, not to mention just the regular ones that are available.

Look, if you're going to do all that mess, just go all the way and give us a way to make our own license plates, sorta like the Post Office was going to do with stamps. It would certainly be attractive to people like me, who cannot STAND the way any of the license plates look. The "Stars Fell On Alabama" tags look terrible, as do most of them.

Again, I'm not a fan of the proliferation of tags, but the newly announced one isn't quite as bad, although to my eye, it's still a graphic mess. Or maybe I'm just an old fart. But I say give me something that looks like an inmate made it, not something painted by someone's grandma in craft class.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at September 12, 2006 10:27 AM

Do generic speciality tags have bar codes instead of numbers?

Posted by: Southtrek at September 12, 2006 02:54 PM

When we were in Alaska they offered two non-specialty, no-extra-cost plates, we opted for the nice plain plate that looked like this and not the other one.

It was nice when I could tell pretty much at a quick glance to what state a plate belonged. Now every state has fifty bajillion and playing the license plate game on long car trips is too much trouble.

Posted by: Jordana at September 12, 2006 03:20 PM

Trek, I'm at a loss as to why they call them generic. I'd think they ought to just have a big slogan across the bottom that says CAR TAG.

And Jordana, ICK!! I like the first one better, too. That second one looks like it's got bugs all over it.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 12, 2006 03:39 PM

Here's an idea for the right background for a license plate.

Posted by: skinnydan at September 12, 2006 08:14 PM

Well, if it was good enough to be painted on the side of my kustom van, it oughta be good enough for a car tag!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 13, 2006 10:21 AM