SENATOR PRICE’S SB 1453 TO REQUIRE THE DMV TO INVESTIGATE THE UTILIZATION OF ELECTRONIC DIGITAL LICENSE PLATES IN THE STATE PASSES OUT OF SENATE
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Contact: Fahizah Alim (916) 651-4026
Sacramento - SB 1453, authored by Senator Curren D. Price Jr., gives the Department of Motor Vehicles the authority to investigate the emerging Digital Electronic License Plate (DELP) technology to understand its functionality, safety and administrative applications. The bill passed out of the Senate on May 28, 2010 on a vote of 25-0.
“This legislation provides a unique opportunity for California to work in partnership with some of the state’s most innovative enterprises to rethink how we can use our most basic assets to achieve greater efficiencies and cost savings, while generating new revenues for the state,” said Senator Price.
The bill authorizes the DMV to partner with innovation companies for the purpose of researching, developing, and implementing new technology at no additional costs to the DMV or State.
It directs the DMV to submit an interim and final report to the Legislature on of the utilization of digital electronic license plates with specified areas of discussion and to conduct “real world” trials to gather data on the ability for DELP technology to deliver cost savings, workflow efficiencies and revenue generation.
“State governments are facing unprecedented budget shortfalls, and are actively rethinking the use of existing state assets to create new ongoing revenue opportunities,” said Senator Price.
Adoption of this emerging technology could potentially bring significant benefits to the State of California and its taxpayers by realizing significant cost savings by using digital electronic license plate technology to streamline distribution, activation, and registration of license plates.
“Finally,” said Senator Price, “having digital electronic license plate technology developed and engineered in California, would create new jobs in technology, sales/marketing and service fields. These jobs could employ people having a broad range of educational and vocational skill levels. “
Senator Price also noted that with this new technology, critical real-time traffic and public safety information such as Amber alerts and emergency traffic updates can be broadcast to the plates during exigent situations.
Having digital electronic license plate technology developed and engineered in California, would also create new jobs in technology, sales/marketing and service fields. These jobs could employ people having a broad range of educational and vocational skill levels.