States Adopt Digital License Plates for CMVs

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Texas Joins California and Arizona to offer digital license plates for commercial vehicles.

As technology advances in the trucking industry, more and more states are adopting digital license plates for commercial motor vehicles. This new technology offers a number of benefits for businesses, including increased security and efficiency. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of digital license plates and how they can help your business operate more smoothly.

Digital license plates, like conventional ones, may give two-way information for owners and the public.

Owners can use an app to remotely monitor their commercial motor vehicles from anywhere in the world. It has real-time location monitoring, trip recording, and mileage reporting, as well as maintenance notifications. Owners may put their cars in a stolen mode and enable GPS tracking to protect them against theft.

Digital License plates can also show government notifications such as Amber Alerts when the car is not in use, as well as “scam” or “expired” alerts.

Digital license plates may also help law enforcement officials track down hit-and-run drivers or locate stolen vehicles.

California Launches Pilot Program

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, however, as of June 21, the state had 12,500 digital license plates issued.

Digital license plates are available to heavy-duty trucks, truck fleets, and carriers in California. The DMV is experimenting with vehicle registration alternatives through a pilot program, which includes a digital license plate to be used in place of a vehicle’s traditional rear metal plate. A digital plate for tractor trucks is attached to the front of the vehicle.

This digital plate technology is available in California in an ongoing pilot project that began in 2019 and is for public volunteers to test the technology.

The California Legislature would have to act to allow these products to be issued outside of the digital license plate pilot program.

The DMV is continuously evaluating current choices to guarantee that they meet statutory criteria, trucking industry best practices, and consumer safety requirements.

Arizona Partners with Vendors

Digital license plates for heavy-duty vehicles may be obtained by vendors in the state of Arizona. With 51 commercial vehicle registrations, Arizona has a total of 499 digital plates.

In Arizona, the customer has the option of displaying their plate digitally and is also sent a metal plate and registration expiration sticker. MVD, Motor Vehicle Department, does not charge additional fees for customers to display their plates digitally.

New Program is Growing in Texas

Even though the new program in Texas is for non-truck and trailer combinations, the President and CEO of the Texas Trucking Association believe the digital license plates may be beneficial to the trucking sector.

Digital plates are now permitted in Texas only for vehicles with two plates, with the digital plate on the back and a physical plate on the front. Because they need one plate, truck tractors and semitrailers are not eligible.

Reviver Transforms an Industry

Reviver, a digital license plate company, is on a mission to modernize the driving experience. They have reimagined what the license plate can do. Transforming it into a connected commercial vehicle platform that makes life better for drivers, law enforcement, DMVs, and consumers on the road.

According to Reviver, other states are involved in various legislative procedures for providing commercial vehicle digital plates in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and New York.

Overall, digital plates provide a number of benefits for commercial motor vehicle owners and firms. If you’re thinking of utilizing this technology at your company, be sure to research the advantages and disadvantages first.

The plates are cutting-edge, and Chief Carriers, like many in the trucking sector, is keeping an eye on these developments. One thing is for sure, the future of trucking is changing quickly.

(Image Credit: Reviver)