features a pretty vague editorial
about the controversies surrounding specialty license plates in other states.
My own take: I've thought from the beginning that specialty license plates are a bad idea, for these reasons:
1. They waste a lot of time and other resources. The legislature has to debate each and every one. Each one has to be designed differently. It's a lot more paperwork for the county clerk's offices, and so on.
2. Many of them are difficult for law enforcement officers to read--not to mention the rest of us.
3. Some of them advertise for other states. Why, pray tell, does the State of Tennessee issues plates promoting state colleges in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, etc.
? Nothing against those places, but let them pay for their own advertising.
4. I wouldn't mind going back to the (very) old days when TN license plates came in the shape of the state, as discussed in the first frame here