License plate test did not include reflectivity

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — It’s been more than two months since problems surfaced with Tennessee’s new license plates. Law enforcement agencies across the state have reported issues with their license plate recognition (LPR) cameras recognizing plates at night.

LPR cameras have been instrumental in AMBER alerts, missing person cases and fugitive tracking.

Camera makers say they have tried to make software tweaks to improve the situation, citing differences in reflectivity.

As News 2 previously reported, the state was having new beacons tested. Four plates were tested by a research center in Minnesota on behalf of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) – a group that sets standards for license plates and has developed best practices for use of the LPR.

A representative from the Tennessee Department of Revenue says the plates meet most AAMVA recommendations. There were spacing and sizing discrepancies, which the department says relate to design elements required by state law.

However, the reflectivity of each plate was not tested. We don’t know why at this point.

You can find the test results below:

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The Department of Revenue said there are no plans to change how the new Tennessee plates are made.

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