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Plan To Require Bicycle License Plates In NJ Goes Nowhere

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(File photo: Some cities across the US require license plates on bicycles, or used to.)

(File photo: Some cities across the US require license plates on bicycles, or used to.)

NEWARK, NJ (CBS) – One day after a plan was introduced in New Jersey to put license plates on bicycles (see previous story), the legislator behind the idea has decided to pull it.

Newark assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker had originally indicated she wanted to put the $10 plates on bikes in part because senior citizens complained to her about bike-riding kids, some of whom would try to knock them down.

Those without the plates could have been fined $100.

Sources indicate she was told by legislative leadership that the bill would not even be assigned to a committee, prompting Tucker to pull the bill.

In a printed statement, Tucker said she never intended to “impose a burden or additional costs.” S he insists the rowdy kids are still a problem and while, as she put it, “no idea is perfect,” she hopes she has at least started a discussion on how to better protect elders.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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