Mich. selling new Mackinac Bridge specialty plate

Starting today (Thursday), Michigan drivers can buy the state's new specialty license plate that features the Mackinac Bridge and the "Pure Michigan" tourism logo.
AP Wire
Aug 29, 2013

The plate, a fancier version than the new standard license plate unveiled earlier in the year, costs $5 more and replaces the Spectacular Peninsulas specialty plate that was first issued in 2007.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said the Mighty Mac, as the bridge connecting the Upper and Lower peninsulas is known, is worth signaling out both as a tourist attraction and as an engineering feat. It is the third-longest suspension bridge in the world and has a total length measuring 5 miles.

"It symbolizes Michigan, our ingenuity, our ability," Johnson said in a phone interview. "As old as it is, it's still breathtaking."

The specialty plate being replaced shows the 55-year-old bridge but also includes the state's outline and a city-and-forest skyline.

"This one, the bridge is bold — big and bold," Johnson said.

No more Spectacular Peninsulas plates will be sold, but motorists can renew them for as long as they wish. There are about 1.2 million in circulation today, making up 15 percent of license plates on the road.

The $5 fee for the new plate is charged only once, so drivers won't face any extra fees when they go to renew the plate.

Most motorists choose the standard plate at no extra charge. Others pay more for specialty plates that raise money for the state's 15 universities and for causes ranging from lighthouse preservation to a Vietnam veterans memorial in Lansing.

Michigan residents typically get a new license plate when they buy a car or switch to a specialty fundraising plate, so it will take years for the new plates to be phased in.

Like other plates, they will be made by inmates at a prison in Adrian, Johnson said.



more like "Mighty Rip-Off" for that amount of toll revenue they get from the bridge alone...they could just build a new one rather than repair/repaint. 4.2 million cars per year at $4/car = over 16.8 million in revenue, and that is considering all traffic is single axle!

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