Construction

These plates are generally used on heavy equipment with limited to no highway use.

This type appears to have started sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

A distinctive red on yellow color scheme was used until the general reissue in 2000, at which time this type ended up on the bland “blue fade” base.

Motorcycle-sized “Special Equipment” plates are also used on construction equipment. These were red on white, later reissued on – you guessed it – light blue plates.

Click the photo to see this type in use.

1970s
Miserable shape, but shows the rough life most of these plates have.

1975

1979
Finally, one that’s not too beat-up.

Like most every other type, these received “Replacement Sticker” decals while the new plates were being made in 2000-2002.

1998

2002
The yellow on these plates was slightly lighter than the chrome yellow used on the older plates; but it faded much quicker to an almost lemon yellow.

2004. Old number carried over.
These plates just don’t seem the same without the distinctive red on yellow color scheme. I don’t know why they couldn’t carry the old design over to new plates – after all, the new Trans. plates look pretty much exactly like what an updated version of these should be!

ca. mid 2000s