SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Division of Motor Vehicles is warning drivers to make sure the annual registration decals on their license plate haven’t faded away.
The red dye on the printed decals for Utah drivers becomes nearly unreadable after sun and weather exposure, the Deseret News reported (http://bit.ly/1Hlpyek ).
Unreadable decals can leave drivers subject to tickets or fines. But several police agencies say the priority is to warn drivers rather than punish them.
“It is the practice of UPD to hold those responsible for the problem accountable, so we would usually only write a ‘fix-it’ ticket or give a verbal warning to get a new sticker,” said Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell.
DMV officials say disappearing decals have been an ongoing issue since 2012.
“We know it’s an inconvenience to those involved,” said Utah State Tax Commission spokesman Charlie Roberts. “We’re doing everything we can to resolve that.”
The DMV is under contract with RR Donelley, the company that prints the decals, through 2017. Roberts said RR Donelley covers the cost of replacing decals, which are given to drivers at no charge.
“We’re doing whatever we can to get people the red (month) tags and make it as convenient as possible to replace them,” he said. “What we can’t do is make them put them on. It’s in their hands.”
The state has chosen to continue issuing the decals until the supply runs out.
“Anecdotally, there seems to be fewer (people unaware of the problem) than there has been, and I think that’s because we’re taking a proactive measure, sending the replacement red tags out with renewals,” Roberts said.
Law enforcement say the red ink is better for reading the stickers.