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Parking Infraction, "Improper License Display" for Expired Tabs

My question involves vehicle registration or title in the state of: Washington

I see a bunch of other discussion on this topic when I search, but none of them answered my question. I received a parking infraction for "Improper License Display" under Seattle Municipal Code 11.72.145. I parked my motorcycle on a city street in Seattle with expired tabs (09/2010). The catch is the tabs were renewed on time (so my registration is current), but I simply forgot to put the new stickers on since I don't ride it much in the winter. SMC 11.72.145 states that you can't park on a city street not "having displayed current and proper vehicle license plates thereon as provided in RCW Chapter 46.16". So I am digging through RCW 46.16 but I cannot locate the section talking specifically about having to have valid stickers on your plate. Can someone point me to the RCW section that I am in violation of?

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that one right there will do it. Without the sticker, you do not have a current and proper vehicle license displayed on your vehicle.

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I promise I'm not trying to be difficult, but then where does it define current and proper? I don't see anywhere where it mentions that current stickers are required for the license to be current and proper. My registration was current.

The reason I'm being a stickler is because the SMC states that per RCW 46.16 I am in violation. But nowhere in 46.16 (that I can find) says that I have to have stickers on my plate that are current (again, the underlying registration was current). If RCW 46.16 doesn't say it, then I am not in violation. If "current and proper" is defined somewhere else (say on the registration itself) then that's not contained within 46.16.

I know, I know...it's just a $42 parking ticket and I would need to go to court to mitigate or contest it, but I just had a baby and $42 isn't something I want to spend on something I can fight or get reduced.

Thanks for the help.

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The statute says:

since your plate is not current without the sticker, you are not displaying a current and proper vehicle license as required.

even you yourself accepted the fact your plates were not legal.

and 5 months ?

as to current and proper; at least for current, check Websters dictionary. If a term is not specifically defined, the common usage definition is what is applied.

and if you really need the section stating more specifically how it is to be mounted:

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Hi doubleoevan - What did you end up doing? Contesting or Mitigating the ticket? I just had the same thing happen to me, and am a grad student so also not wanting to pay if I don't have to. It sounds like the better route might be to Mitigate rather than Contest because the legal language makes it sound like the infraction is for not displaying, even if your registration is current (although I think it is not stated clearly enough, personally). Does anyone know if others have been able to Contest this type of ticket successfully? Thanks.

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Like I've said before. It might take all of 2 minutes to put the stickers on. You've had MONTHS to do so regardless of whether you drive it in the winter or not. My stepdad has 2 motorcycles. It doesn't matter what the weather is like, he still takes the few minutes to put the stickers on. Its a once a year ordeal that takes a few minutes if that.

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shelbydakota - um, that really isn't the point now, is it? Of course hindsight is 20/20, and all of us in this situation would have taken the time to put the sticker on if we'd known the consequences. Trying to make us feel bad about something we can't change isn't very productive. The whole point is that we DIDN'T know that we could get tickets for this, especially since registration is recorded in the police system and can be verified by a policeman with or without a sticker in place. And for me at least, the laws are different in WA than in the state from which I recently moved, so there were various factors that played into not putting the sticker on. Have you never forgotten to do something that had unanticipated consequences??

Anyway, for the rest of the people who might read this that are looking for guidance - I'll try to remember to come back and report the outcome of my "parking ticket for no tabs displayed" situation. I plan to plead guilty with request for mitigation, which I can do by mail and does NOT require a court appearance (in Seattle at least), and it might reduce the fine. Thanks to everyone else that provided the information that helped me figure out that not displaying tabs - regardless of having current registration - is the impetus for the ticket. Having current registration is probably a good reason to request mitigation, and it certainly doesn't hurt to try.

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