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Motorbike riders given licence plate break

The Local · 24 Jan 2011, 09:02

Published: 24 Jan 2011 09:02 GMT+01:00

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Daily Bild reported that Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer planned to change the law to allow motorcyclists to display smaller US-style plates. These plates are a relatively modest 18 cm by 20 cm.

The size of the loathed larger plates has been a long-running issue for motorbiking enthusiasts.

Ramsauer is planning a change to the rules by the spring, in time for the start of motorbike season.

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09:32 January 24, 2011 by twisted
Still too big. 15 x 10 cm would be much better. I realize that Germany in general makes a strong effort NOT to copy the U.S. too much, but really, even with 20 x 18 cm plates, they will still be too big.
11:43 January 24, 2011 by Landmine
No matter what size, they are always too big...
19:00 January 24, 2011 by cuznbob
Just in time for my new motorbike's Anmeldung. Yippee!
22:35 January 24, 2011 by Canadianhaggis
plates in Canada for motorcycles are 11 x18 cm
00:13 January 25, 2011 by Ruhetag
My MC Plate is already 18cm x 20cm. I just got it in Nov, 2010.

Is the article wrong and will the new plates be smaller than 18 x 20?
09:57 January 25, 2011 by twisted
As I understand it, the reason for the change in the size of license plates is that each state had it's own rules and this is to standardize the plates. I live in Schleswig-Holstein and wanted a small plate, but no, it had to be cookie sheet size, while Hamburg issues much small plates. I'm pleased with the idea of a smaller plate but it is still too big.
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