Bronx man puzzled by license plate cover law after being fined

A Bronx man got a lesson on license plate covers after being fined for having one.

Luis Esteves was ticketed for having a cover on his license plate but says he was unaware that the covers were illegal. Under the law, license plates must be unobstructed, clean, and easy to read. Police say license plates are hard to read at night even with clear covers on them.

Esteves is facing a fine of more than $100 and now wants to know why stores can sell license plate covers if they are illegal. One attorney says officials believe drivers should know the law and know that it's illegal to have their license plates obstructed.

Fines for having a license plate cover range from $50 to $200.

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