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    Are hitch racks illegal when not in use?

    I seem to recall reading that having a hitch rack on your car when it's not in use can get you a ticket due to the fact that they block the license plate.

    I've driven for over a year with my Thule T2 and I'm pretty sure I've had cops behind me. Is it just one of those things where if they feel like busting you they can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by one incredible donkey
    I seem to recall reading that having a hitch rack on your car when it's not in use can get you a ticket due to the fact that they block the license plate.

    I've driven for over a year with my Thule T2 and I'm pretty sure I've had cops behind me. Is it just one of those things where if they feel like busting you they can?
    It'd certainly depend on state/local laws if it is illegal. You might also be concerned about your rear taillights.

    Obscuring your plate is illegal in California, though I've had my T2 on my Subaru Outback since Oct '05 and have never had a problem (including the time I got a speeding ticket).

    If it is illegal where you live, and you are concerned, you can get a license plate relocation kit/frame and mount it to the T2.

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    Illegal in Arizona and they'll bust you for it. I run with my Yakima folded up all the time in California and no issue. It's the no front plate I keep getting harassed about.

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    Actually in most states I assume it is not permitted to ever use a hitch rack if it obscures the license plate. I know I have seen some racks with a mount for a license plate on it so the rack nor bikes obscure it

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    Didn't....

    ... I just start this discussion?

    Yeah, I drove around pretty much like 95% of the time with the rack on the car for years... never an issue. Cop was looking to pop somebody, and that happened to be me.

    I noticed the cops are out in full force lately, ticketing people left and ride. CHP and local city cops. I think they are trying raise revenue.

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