CHARLOTTE, NC— NBC Charlotte has discovered about 80% of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg city and county government vehicle fleet has improper license plates, including police, fire, and other government vehicles.
As of January 1, a new state law requires all city and county vehicles to have orange and black permanent plates, replacing the black and silver plates, which will no longer be issued.
“We are diligently prosecuting the work, we are diligently requesting the tags,” said Chuck Robinson, director of Shared Services for Charlotte Mecklenburg, also in charge of the city and county vehicle fleet.
“That's over 4800 vehicles that require a tag. And so there were 4800 forms that had to be filled out,”
Robinson said so far they have 1000 cars equipped with the new tags, leaving 3800 vehicles left to schedule for tags. He says the October announcement left short notice to make the transition. In some case, he said the city & county are waiting for the NCDMV to send more license plates.
“We are still waiting on 600 of them to come in.”
Robinson hopes to have all 4800 vehicles outfitted with the new permanent plates by the end of February.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools also tells NBC Charlotte it’s experienced delays in receiving the new permanent license plates for vehicles.