Man on a mission to personally fix illegally obscured license plates

This Manhattan do-gooder is really stepping up to the plate.

Liam Quigley, 29, is on a mission to fix illegally obscured license plates — an effort to hold accountable scofflaws who fiddle with their tags to make them unreadable to toll- and speed-cameras — and posted a montage of his work on Twitter Thursday.

The 17-second clip shows Quigley yanking tape off five separate plates and unbending three others.

“I started noticing it in maybe 2017, especially outside [police] precincts: Plates mysteriously bent in half, or having tape over certain letters,” Quigley, a student and freelance journalist, told The Post.

The culprits are often NYPD or other city or state employees, according to Quigley, who said he isn’t afraid of confronting them, but tries to avoid it.

“I do a pretty careful risk assessment before I touch license plates. Even though the plates belong to the state DMV, people get very spicy when you’re near their cars,” he said.

“If it’s a city vehicle, like DOT, I’ll just do it in traffic. There was one time I did it to a [Department of Environmental Protection] truck and was like, ‘Hey man, I fixed your plate for you.’”

Another time, Quigley said he chased down Long Island Rail Road truck near the Van Wyck Expressway in Jamaica, Queens, and managed to fix its bent plates without the driver even noticing.

Other operations haven’t gone as smoothly: “A cop stopped me and demanded my ID. I said no, so he took a photo of me,” Quigley said.

“It’s my nature to be obnoxious,” he joked.

The city itself launched a crackdown in 2017 on cops using plastic covers to obscure the plate numbers on their personal cars, after reporting by The Post and Inside Edition.


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