TOWN OF MENASHA, WI -A rare coincidence has two Fox Valley men pushing to keep their license plates. Both their plates say "spring". The problem: the DMV says duplicate plates are not allowed anymore.
The DMV says it's part of an effort to phase out duplicates, which stopped being issued in 1992. Both men want to keep their personalized plates, saying the message "spring" is meaningful to them and they've paid for the plate for decades. They've found each other, and one is now hoping the other will give in.
Only one "spring" plate is allowed on Wisconsin roadways. It's a dilemma for Joe Springer of the Town of Menasha. He's known as "Spring" to his family and friends.
"I would think it would be grandfathered in. You're the first one to order it and all of a sudden they rip it away from you," said Springer.
Springer has had the message on his plate since 1978. Letters to him from the DMV explain he's been chosen to change plates because his duplicate is a "Sequecentennial," a plate type now being retired.
The owners of the other "spring" plate work work at Fox Valley Spring Company. Joe Springer contacted them to see if they would be willing to change instead. They hope it doesn't come to that
"We are a spring manufacturer. That is what we do. On the side of the truck is a big Fox Valley Spring logo, said Jennifer Stang Dewhurst, the daughter of the man who owns the car with the "spring" plate.
Representative Dean Kaufert is now involved. He's called the DMV for a solution.
"They do have the alternative where we would use a 1 instead of an 'i'," said Kaufert.
Now it's up to the individuals to resolve the situation.
The DMV says it's a situation affecting at least 700 other Wisconsin drivers.
They say the biggest reason duplicate plates aren't allowed is to help law enforcement avoid any confusion.