Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 30th, 2008 at 11:27 am
[Updated: 1/30, 3:31pm (see end of article)]
I have since learned from the man behind the plates, Jerry Norquist, that the issue stems from a need to "fine tune" the design. Norquist says there has been a series of "miscommunications" about the design between himself, the plate's designer (Sanstrom Design), and the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Norquist traveled to Salem yesterday morning (he lives in Sisters) to iron out the issues at the state DMV office. While there, he also met with the plate's key legislative champion, Senator Floyd Prozanski of Eugene.
Prozanski has set up a meeting for this Friday between Norquist and the DMV's legislative liaison.
In the meantime, Norquist said that the DMV is still taking registrations for the Share the Road plate, and he hopes the issue will be resolved and that everything will be "back online" very soon.
Norquist has worked hard to make this plate a reality. His goal is to demonstrate enough sales to support future legislation that would make "Share the Road" a part of every Oregon license plate.
Stay tuned for more developments on this story.
UPDATE: The graphics below show the plate as it came from the designer and then how it ended up after modifications by the DMV.
This is how it looked initially:
And then it was modified to its current design by the DMV: