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LICENSE PLATES: Replacement requirement places unfair tax and burden

Letter by Burt L. Talcott, Tacoma on May 10, 2013 at 11:07 am | No Comments »
May 10, 2013 11:07 am

Ignorant or inconsiderate legislators cause high, unnecessary and unfair taxes and inconvenience for every vehicle license owner. A teachable example: Recently all vehicle owners were advised by letter that all license plates 7 years or older must be replaced – at the plate owner’s cost and inconvenience.

The reason given for this mandatory wholesale replacement was that patrol officers could not accurately identify vehicles with dirty or damaged plates.

A better way to resolve this “readable problem” would be to cite only the unreadable plate owners and require only them to replace their plates. License plates are manufactured to be durable for decades; all owners should not be penalized and inconvenienced for the negligent care or intentional disfigurement of their plates by a few.

Think of the additional costs of this new law and regulation to the Department of Motor Vehicles (additional administrative costs to compose, write and mail the notices, plus postage and handling, to all plate owners); to all plate owners who regularly maintain their plates clean and undamaged (in new fees and the inconvenience of affixing the new plates to their vehicles) but are now required to replace (and waste) perfectly good plates; and to the legislators (whose additional time and energy was used to enact the unnecessary laws and regulations).

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