Governor Brown Signs Mullin’s Temp Tag Bill (AB 516)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Bill Improves Public Safety and Increases Transportation Funding

Sacramento – AB 516 by Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 516 will modernize California’s system of providing license plates for vehicles at the point of sale rather than allowing them to drive off the lot without any means of identification.

“I am very excited that Governor Brown has signed AB 516 into law,” said Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin. “I appreciate the effort of all the stakeholders, who met with me and my staff to craft a bill that gives law enforcement agencies information to help solve crimes that has been unavailable to them in the past. AB 516 will also provide approximately $19 million dollars in additional revenue to regional transportation and tolling agencies that have been uncollected as a result of toll evasion on our bridges, toll roads and express lanes.”

AB 516 will modernize California’s vehicle identification system by assigning temporary license plates at the point of sale before a vehicle drives off the lot. The impetus behind the bill came from a fatal hit and run accident, in southern California in 2013.The vehicle involved was caught on video surveillance and has yet to be found and the case left unsolved because there were paper dealer plates on the vehicle. Many crimes have been perpetrated since then that remain unsolved, in large part because the vehicles involved cannot be identified, beyond color, make and model. Effective January 1, 2019, paper dealer plates will be replaced with temporary license plates.

“I’d also like to thank the family and friends of Michael Bonanomi, who was fatally injured the 2013 hit and run accident in southern California for bringing this issue to my attention,” said Mullin. “The car that struck and killed Michael only had paper dealer plates and to this day, the driver has not been located. While this law will not bring Michael back, in the future it will go a long way in making sure that an offending vehicle and its driver are easier to identify and bring to justice.”