An Austin, Texas, man is suing a company he says sells license plates at the local auto show for selling him a license plate for $100.
The suit, filed Wednesday in Austin Municipal Court, is the latest in a growing number of lawsuits challenging how license plates are sold and sold to consumers.
Texas is one of the only states that requires license plates to be of the same weight and color as the vehicle they are supposed to reflect, but a federal appeals court said that does not protect consumers from the costs associated with licensing plates.
The court ruled that while the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) requirements do protect consumers, the agency has “overstepped its authority in creating the licensing requirements in the first place,” the San Antonio Express-News reported.
In Texas, a person must own a vehicle and a motorcycle.
The Texas Department on Wednesday launched a program called Motorcycle License Plate Recognition, which is intended to provide information on where and how the plates are purchased.
The program was launched in November 2016, according to a statement.
The program will give license plate buyers the option of paying a fee to have their plates scanned and then get their plates stamped at the DMV.
If they choose not to pay, they will be issued a $100 license plate that is not valid in Texas.
A plate can be ordered by mail, but the DMV will require that the plate be shipped to a county where it can be legally issued, according the statement.
While some people who purchase plates through the program have been unhappy with the prices, others say they have been treated well.
“I think it’s great, I really do,” said Michael McQuade, who owns the local motorcycle shop and is an avid rider.
McQuade said he does not believe that many people who buy licenses through the new program are driving a motorized vehicle, but they do not have to.
The plates are for personal use and can be used to purchase things like cars, boats, motorcycles and ATVs.
The state’s DMV website says that while some drivers may not be interested in buying a license, others will be “familiar with the plate.”
“If you want to buy a motorcycle plate for yourself, or for your kids or grandkids, there’s no reason not to buy one,” the website says.