Download: Would You Prefer an Electronic License Plate?

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(Courtesy: WSPA)

By Robert Kittle, WSPA

Lawmakers in South Carolina are considering electronic license plates.

Supporters say the new technology will help keep uninsured motorists off the road and leave more money in drivers’ pockets.

Instead of a metal plate, an ‘e-tag’ is placed on the vehicle.

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The e-tag would look like a normal plate but if there’s an amber alert, or your car or tag were stolen, or your license were suspended, the DMV would send a signal to your e-tag and those words would appear on your tag.

When you renew your tag, instead of putting a new sticker on it, the DMV would just automatically update it.

It would also save you and the state money.

Uninsured drivers and those with suspended tags cost the state an estimated $150 million a year.

If the concept cuts those numbers, insurance companies would lower your rates.

Right now the e-tag is just a proposal, and it would be a pilot program used only on state-owned vehicles.

The makers are also working to bring down the cost.

A metal license plate costs anywhere from $3-$7 to make.

They’re trying to get the cost of an e-tag to under $100.

One option is to lease the tags rather than buy them.