The City Council is putting the brakes on the sale of flash-reflecting plastic covers and similar products used to obscure license plates — following years of their widespread misuse to beat tolls and traffic cameras.
Council members on Thursday passed a bill by Robert Holden (D-Queens) that prohibits the sale or distribution citywide of any materials or substances used to conceal or obscure license plates or distort a recorded or photographic image of license plates. Violators face fines of $300 and up.
“These products have no purpose but to be installed to intentionally violate the law,” Holden said. “Those who sell these products know their only use and must be deterred from trading in them or face a penalty.”
Drivers throughout New York caught using the products already face fines ranging from $50 to $300 under state law, but Holden’s bill targets those selling them.
The city itself launched a crackdown in 2017 on cops using plastic covers to obscure the plate numbers on their personal cars, after reporting by The Post and Inside Edition.
An MTA supervisor who bragged to his co-workers about eluding bridge and tunnel tolls with an obscured license plate was demoted and required to pay restitution in September after an investigation by the authority’s inspector general found he owed over $100,000 in tolls, penalties and fines.