MassRMV in September 2013 is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Registry of Motor Vehicles Special Plate program, established by the legislature as an opportunity for charitable organizations to raise funds through a dedicated license plate.
In recognition of the anniversary, the MassDOT blog is sharing the story of some of the nearly 20 special plates over the next two weeks.
To sign up for a special license plate today, please visit www.MassRMV.com
To learn more about all plates in Massachusetts, please visit http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/16/docs/manuals/PassengerPlatesManual2012.pdf
License Plate: Right Whale & Roseate Tern, Fish & Wildlife, Blackstone Valley
Year Plate Established: 1995, 1995, 2000
Number of Plates on the Road:
Fish & Wildlife: 5,883 Blackstone Valley: 1,983 Whale RW: 17,813 Whale RT: 14,067
Funds Raised for Charity: $611,576- Blackstone $18,439,304- Environmental Trust, Right Whale
Since its founding in 1988 as part of the Boston Harbor cleanup, the Massachusetts Environmental Trust has awarded more than $19 million in grants to organizations statewide for projects that benefit the environment. The Right Whale license plate was first issued in 1994 and in almost 20 years has generated $17 million to support environmental initiatives.
MET plates represent the varied landscapes of Massachusetts. The whale plate features the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale and represents the coastal environment. The Leaping Brook Trout represents the hills and forests of central and western Massachusetts. The Blackstone Valley Mill plate represents the working rivers of the state that were the economic engine of Massachusetts during the industrial revolution. Together, the three plates raise more than $800,000 each year.
With the proceeds from these plates, the Trust makes grants to nonprofit organizations and municipalities for projects benefit the waters of the Commonwealth, including those that assist endangered species, improve water quality, reduce harmful pollutants, restore fisheries, and improve aquatic habitat.
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