Automobiles

VA Debates Bar-Coded License Plates

RFIDs, too

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FREDERICKSBURG — A proposal to embed bar codes and radio-frequency ID tags in Virginia license plates is running into opposition.

Proponents say the first-in the-nation surveillance program would aid law-enforcement agencies and could even "unclog traffic."

Delegate Joe T. May, R-Loudoun, who chairs the House Transportation Committee, asked the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Virginia State Police to study the high-tech venture.