Another “Loophole” Just Closed

  • July 18, 2023

It’s a measure of the government’s psychological control over people’s minds that whenever people find a way to avoid being controlled by the government, it is styled a “loophole” – implying it is disreputable to avoid being controlled by (and mulcted by) the government. It is a word often used in tandem with the phrase, “getting away with it.”

As if there were something wrong with it.

Well, a “loophole” has just been closed – and people will no longer be able to “get away with it.”

The state of Vermont used to issue license plates to people who lived in other states, via mail – and for $6. This enabled them to “get away with” not paying the obnoxious property taxes applied to vehicles in other states – as well as avoid various other obnoxious government requirements such as having to register your car with the government of the state you live in.

Italicized to emphasize the fact that having to “register” your vehicle establishes who (and what) actually owns your vehicle, notwithstanding that you bought (and paid for) it.

Some states will not even allow you to keep what many people understandably but erroneously regard as their vehicle on what they also understandably but equally erroneously consider to be their property – unless the vehicle is “registered” with the government. If not, the government will come onto the owner’s (sic) property and seize the vehicle.

Establishing who actually owns “your” vehicle – as well as “your” home.

This business of requiring all cars to be tagged and registered (which in many states requires buying insurance, even if the car never leaves the “owner’s” property) has been very effective in “clunkering” older vehicles – such as project cars and even parts cars – not just off the road but into the junkyard.

Vermont offered a reprieve.

You could get tags and registration, at much lower cost than in other states – without having to prove the vehicle was operable or met X, Y and Z requirements – through the mail and be in full “compliance” (the government word for obedience) with the laws in your state in that most states will not hassle you if your vehicle has valid tags/registration issued by another state.

This made it feasible to avoid such things as state requirements that a car have two tags -which made it feasible to avoid having to mar the front end of your car in states that require a front as well as a rear license plate.

Unfortunately, too many people used the “loophole.” Some for nefarious purposes, such as getting Vermont tags for stolen cars (this was possible because Vermont did not require proof of title for vehicles 15 years old or older) but the real “problem” was that it was being used for good purposes.

Many states have made getting a car “tagged” and “registered” so costly that getting (and keeping) a car has become so costly that many people cannot afford it. They aren’t criminals.

They are people seeking to avoid them.

You’d think the car press would defend such people – and Vermont. You’d be wrong. The car press has become a kind of PR outlet for the government, which is probably a function of the fact that most of the people who work in the field are products of government schools, where they learned that government is good – and “loopholes” are bad.

A writer for the Autopian says it was “frighteningly simple” to get a car tagged and registered in Vermont. “All you had to do was fill out Vermont form VD-119 with your actual information, include a bill of sale, include a proof of VIN check, include a check for the fees, then send that baby off to Vermont. . . Two weeks after that, you got your registration card, which stated in bold print that it was your proof of ownership. If you sent in a title, you’d get back a Vermont title. Boom, your vehicle is now legal.”

Oh, the humanity!

The writer’s fellow government-snugglers over at Jalopnik (ironically named in that jalopies are precisely what are being clunkered off the roads and out of people’s own garages) expressed “shock” over people being able to use the “loophole” to “get away” with avoiding the anti-car ukase and folderol in other states.

Thanks to them and those like them, people will no longer be able to “get away” with it. Vermont now requires out-of-state applicants for Vermont tags to provide a document signed by the applicant’s home-state DMV affirming that their state “does not require residents to register their vehicles in our state” – i.e., Vermont.

Few, if any other state DMV bureaucrats will so affirm – because most states insist that tags and registration by tied to location; i.e., to legal residence. There was still a “loophole” here, though, in that one could establish a Vermont “residence” by getting a Vermont address, such as a post office box. But that “loophole’s been closed, too – by the new requirement that applicants get a government bureaucrat in their home state to sign off on their application for Vermont plates.

That is as likely to happen as Greta Thunberg buying – and driving – a 1970 Eldorado.

Sic gloria transit mundi.

It was nice while it lasted.

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