Fortner sponsors law to amend antique license plate requirements

During the recent legislative session at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, several bills dealing with transportation were signed into law. Representative Jack Fortner of Yellville was the primary sponsor of Act 368 amending the eligibility of antique motor vehicle special license plates to vehicles 45 years or older at the time of application.

The requirement had previously been 25 years or older. Fortner says in his mind, he saw what was originally House Bill 1496 as a “fairness bill.”

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Another requirement in the law addresses automobile insurance. Fortner says because antique vehicle plates only require a one-time registration, a lot of people do not run insurance with that tag.

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Fortner says he had received positive feedback from other members of the state’s legislative branch, and he was told by his fellow legislators they wanted to have a similar bill in the past because they felt the system was being abused.

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Act 368 will go into effect later this summer.

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