Our last urban myth made me chuckle. When the reflective coating wears off your license plate, it supposedly can’t be read by toll-booth cameras. That means you could evade a toll, and they’d never know! For the truth, I called Mark LaFrance, project manager for vehicle safety and compliance services for the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Oh, did he surprise me.
“If all the reflective [component] is gone from the license plate, it just looks like gray metal to the camera,” he said. “You can’t make out the number at all. It’s pretty amazing.”