Virginia AT License Plate
I received some more details on the Virginia Appalachian Trail License Plate effort! If you are a resident in Virginia and interested in an AT plate, please take a few moments to email the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and show your support (instructions at the bottom):
Dear fellow lover of the Appalachian Trail,
Your wait for a special Virginia license tag celebrating the Appalachian Trail may soon be over. In fact, thanks to a lot of last-minute hard work on the part of several key players, we’ve just received word that a bill will be introduced to the Virginia Senate’s Transportation Committee. The hearing will take place this coming Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 2:00pm in Senate Room B in Richmond. The text of that bill is as follows:
1 SENATE BILL NO. 422
2 Offered January 9, 2008
3 Prefiled January 8, 2008
4 A BILL to authorize the issuance of special license plates to supporters of the Appalachian Trail; fees.
7 Referred to Committee on Transportation
9 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
10 1. § 1. Special license plates for supporters of the Appalachian Trail; fees.
11 A. On receipt of an application and payment of the fee prescribed by this section, and following the
12 provisions of § 46.2-725 of the Code of Virginia other than those relating to the fee for the plates and
13 its disposition, the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles shall issue to the applicant
14 special license plates for supporters of the Appalachian Trail.
15 B. The annual fee for plates issued pursuant to this section shall be $25 in addition to the prescribed
16 fee for state license plates. For each such $25 fee collected in excess of 1,000 registrations pursuant to
17 this section, $15 shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to a special nonreverting fund known
18 as the Appalachian Trail Fund established within the Department of Accounts. These funds shall be paid
19 annually to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and used to support its operation and programs in
20 Virginia. All other fees imposed under the provisions of this section shall be paid to, and received by,
21 the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and paid by him into the state treasury and set
22 aside as a special fund to be used to meet the necessary expenses incurred by the Department of Motor
In order to make this happen during this session, we need a really strong showing of support. Please considering taking a couple of minutes to help us make this a reality by doing the following:
1) Create an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject of “Virginia AT Tag Program”
2) Cut and paste the following form (between the dashed lines) into that email:
I am a resident of the state of Virginia, and I support the creation of an “Appalachian Trail” license tag for the state of Virginia. I understand that purchasing this plate, once available, will cost an additional $25 per vehicle. Please let me know as soon as such a plate is available!
3) Send the email as soon as possible (no later than Tuesday, January 29th).
4) If at all possible, show up at the hearing to further voice your support.
Thanks so much for your show of support!