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MA - front license plate for inspection

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by c_nice_37, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. c_nice_37

    c_nice_37 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Hey Guys,

    Great site - quick question.

    In MA I need to have both front & back plates. I have conventional style Fisher so the headgear remains on the truck. I was thinking that if I don't find a "local inspector" type shop they could easily fail me since the front plate isn't visible.

    Anyone have any advice? Zip tie for the inspection? Screw it and hope for the best? I don't see myself making a mount unless the whole zip tie idea won't fly.

  2. AC2717

    AC2717 Senior Member
    Messages: 669

    as long as it is semi perminant they should accept it, all it basically needs to be is there!
    but yes go to a local shop, hopefullt a place where you get gas all the time and know you or your vehicle, but like I said they might bust your chops for a little but they would have to pass it if it is there
  3. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    just bring the plate with you and explain to them that it cant be mounted when the plow is on.. you should be ok or just zip tie it off to the headgear that will pass no problem since the front plate doesnt have to be lit
  4. c_nice_37

    c_nice_37 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Thanks for the quick responses.

    Just to be clear, the plate is on the truck, just can't really see it with the headgear in the way.

    Well I have to patch a hole in the muffler before inspection and I'll just bring some wire ties with me in case I run into a martinet.
  5. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    It will fail with zip ties. Our dump did, guy showed me the rules state PERMANENTLY mounted.
  6. bgingras

    bgingras Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Front bumper, UNDER the mount. I brought mine with me the first time, and he said it goes there and no where else. I said it's not visible. He said, no, but that's where it goes and it's permanently mounted there. I haven't seen my front plate in a year now.
  7. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    My 98 Cobra doesnt have a front mount so I used Dual Lock Velcro. Got my sticker and took it back off.
  8. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    ive been up here 2 seasons in a row and i dont have a front plate or an inspection sticker and my rear plate isnt visible at all (im from Florida and i run a sander) I'm actually very surprised noone has said anything because i dont even make an attempt to show the rear plate Ive even had state boys right behind me at intersections and on the highway and nothing i love it lol
  9. WingPlow

    WingPlow Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    pretty sure as long as its mounted where its supposed to be its all good

    weather they can see it or not
  10. c_nice_37

    c_nice_37 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Well that is sure encouraging. Now I just to patch my muffler and I think she'll pass ('86 F250, no emissions crap at all.)
  11. stillen

    stillen Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    ditto.... just has to be in the place the manufacturer intended it to be with "permanent" hardware.............

    as for the no emissions, yes, 95 and older vehicles in MA now do not require emission standards... they do however need to have a visible CAT and the exhaust can't be loud or falling off..........

    Whats the freaking ******* here, is try and make sense of the new trailer inspection laws..... I got stopped last week because i didn't have my trailer inspected..... I thought i could tow it with my personal truck because it has regular passenger plates, i was wrong i guess. because it has dual axels i need to have it inspected. My other trailer with also dual axles is towed by my truck with commercial plates and that was inspected by the commercial vehicles inspector... No combination of the two makes any sense to me..... I just plan on carrying lube with me while i drive around MASS
  12. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    I just heard about these new inpection regs with trailers its complete bull it looks like time to organize another tea party
  13. c_nice_37

    c_nice_37 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Cats are mandatory? I don't think this girl had them even back when. I'll have to crawl back underneath but I can't remember seeing them. Argh, more $$$
  14. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,259

    i had an 86 f250 i got rid of last year. from the factory it had a smog pump (i think it actually had 2) and a catalytic convertor. it had to pass ct emissions. when i went last year i passed on the third time - i just keep adjusting the carb and timing in betweeen tests and finally got it to where it passed. it ran like crap, but got me through. i then immediately adjusted everything back to where it was and drove off.
  15. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    Its not new... its been around a while there just pushing enforcing it.