New Prius, No Plates for D.C. Council Chairman Brown

Damaged temporary tag replaced

By Tom Sherwood
|  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 12:41 PM EDT
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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has been driving a new Prius without D.C. tags on the front or back, risking being towed by police.

The lack of tags was an apparent violation of D.C. law.

Brown said rain water had destroyed the temporary tag that had been on the back and he hadn’t gotten a new one yet.

Brown’s office said Brown had requested a replacement tag. @TeamKwame tweeted after News4’s report at 6 p.m. that the tag has been replaced.

Police on patrol had said the lack of temporary tags could mean tickets or towing because no visible licensing was displayed.

It was the latest vehicle snafu for Brown, who earlier this year was criticized for having the city lease two fully loaded SUVs for him. Brown had complained about the first one's two-tone colors instead of being black on black. Brown promised to repay part of the city's costs but has not yet publicly said whether he has done so.

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