License plates are deciding on their own that the cars they are riding with are just not good enough. On any given day, the police use scanning software on the license plates of the vehicles as they whiz past. And they are noticing that the plates are increasing not matching the cars they are attached to in their databases.
It's a growing problem. Police in Louisville have found one license plate that should have been on a Ford Explorer actually was found on a Chevy Corvette. Another plate that was supposed to be on a Dodge Dakota pickup truck was instead taking a nap inside the DMV's storage room after it left it's perch during the sale of the Dakota. It took one look at the new owner, rolled its sticker and said "That's it! I'm outta here!
Social scientists are coming to the conclusion that the plates have an image problem, and they don't want to be associated with working class or poorer cars. And increasingly, they are having none of that tracking nonsense from Automatic License Plate Recognition.
No word from the Mayor's office on pending policy changes to address the problem.