1. No person shall operate or drive a motorcycle on the public highways of this state
unless such motorcycle shall have a distinctive number assigned to it by the commissioner
and a number plate issued by the commissioner with a number corresponding to that
of the certificate of registration conspicuously displayed on the rear of such motorcycle,
securely fastened so as to prevent the same from swinging.
2. Such number plates shall be of such material, form, design and dimensions and contain
or set forth such distinguishing number or other identification marks as the commissioner
shall prescribe, provided, however, that there shall be at all times a marked contrast
between the color of the number plates and that of the numerals or letters thereon,
and provided further that no motorcycle shall display the number plates of more than
one state at a time, nor shall any plate be used other than those issued by the commissioner.
3. No person shall operate or drive a motorcycle upon the public highways of this
state having displayed thereon a number plate not proper for such motorcycle under
the provisions of this chapter and, upon conviction for this offense, the number plate
shall be surrendered to the court for delivery to the commissioner.
4. No person shall knowingly authorize or permit a number plate issued for a motorcycle
owned and registered by him to be displayed on any motorcycle other than a motorcycle
to which such number plate has been assigned by the commissioner, or upon which such
number plate may legally be displayed under a temporary certificate of registration
issued by a dealer under the provisions of section four hundred twenty of this chapter.
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