West Virginia Bill to Provide Special Plates for Collector Vehicles Vetoed by Governor


Legislation (H.B. 4168) to provide for the issuance of special plates for use on collector vehicles and allow for the transfer of the plates between collector vehicles owned by a collector was vetoed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.  The bill defined a “collector motor vehicle” as a motor vehicle that is more than 25 years old.  Under West Virginia law, these vehicles may not be used for general transportation and may only be used for participation in club activities, exhibits, tours, parades and for the purpose of testing their operation, obtaining repairs or maintenance and recreational purposes over weekends and on holidays. 

According to the governor, “Both law enforcement and the Division of Motor Vehicles have expressed concern over the transferability of the plate between potentially unregistered vehicles.  They have expressed that this bill may result in confusion in the enforcement of traffic regulations as well as potentially opening the door to subterfuge by certain persons.”

Thank you to those who participated in supporting this bill.