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2017-11-13 10:44:26 PM  
Looks better than the pizza box plates.
 
2017-11-13 11:40:34 PM  
I'm sure the driver just decided to forge the sticker instead of paying the renewal few.  I mean I'm sure there wasn't a hold on the plates due to an unpaid fine or something like that.  Driving may not be a right, but it sure as hell isn't a privilege.
 
2017-11-13 11:43:45 PM  
White-Out Privilege!
 
2017-11-13 11:44:10 PM  
CSB:

Was once walking past the scene of what looked like a minor accident, and there were several police cars with a young guy in cuffs in the back of one. I asked one of the cops what it was about, he said the guy had expired registration, but a registration sticker on the car.

Seems that moves your expired reg up to a felony. Ouch.

Not a great "What are you iin for?" story to tell your cellmate.


/CSB
 
2017-11-13 11:44:53 PM  
Huh. The price went up. I wonder why he tried to get away with using White-Out...

I like how they made a point of mentioning there were easy ways to get legitimate tags. If they cost a lot people will naturally duck the cost. The problem then becomes that the plate will no longer be valid so they become easy targets.

In my state they got rid of the sticker. Of course, they did it because every cop car in the state now has OCR, so now they don't even have to look, their vehicles do all the looking for them on every single car they trail.

We are all just marks for the revenooers, either the ones in the legislature or the ones they enable on the street. Don't forget your papers, citizen.
 
2017-11-13 11:45:49 PM  
Vehicle registration pays for the privilege of using public roads. Literally. You pay into county wide road funds to maintain them. And in my experience it's not much to pay.

Over beers or shots, I could go into a rambling praise of cheap roads. They make agricultural products so much easier.
 
2017-11-13 11:52:20 PM  
Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership?  Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.
 
2017-11-13 11:53:18 PM  
I once used a Sharpie to change my California January 86 tag to an 88 on the first day of 1987.  I was living in Missouri at the time and figured the cops wouldn't notice.  And I got away with it.  That was the end of my career as a master forger though.
 
2017-11-13 11:54:11 PM  
Coppers can pull ya over for spitting out the window if they are so inclined, and then kill you to be on the safe side.
 
2017-11-13 11:57:44 PM  

Pats_Cloth_Coat: CSB:

Was once walking past the scene of what looked like a minor accident, and there were several police cars with a young guy in cuffs in the back of one. I asked one of the cops what it was about, he said the guy had expired registration, but a registration sticker on the car.

Seems that moves your expired reg up to a felony. Ouch.

Not a great "What are you iin for?" story to tell your cellmate.


/CSB


Until you say "And creatin' a nuisance," and then they'll all move back next to you on the Group W bench and you'll have a good time playin' talkin' about mother stabbin' and father rapin' and all kinds of groovy things.
 
2017-11-13 11:58:03 PM  
ST3 really farked over a lot of vehicle owners.

Obviously using Wite-Out to redraw your tags is dumb, but I understand.
 
2017-11-13 11:58:48 PM  
Saw one like this once..... convincing enough on the freeway at speed, but blatantly obvious when behind it when stopped. Great way of turning a $100 debt now into a $1000 debt in the future.
 
2017-11-13 11:58:51 PM  
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Ah jeez Grace, are you still on your 3 bottles a day habit?
 
2017-11-14 12:00:04 AM  

Literally Addicted: Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership?  Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.


Cost me $500 for a 2015 Nissan Leaf in Seattle last year. They ain't cheap.
 
2017-11-14 12:06:19 AM  

sturnus vulgaris: Literally Addicted: Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership?  Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.

Cost me $500 for a 2015 Nissan Leaf in Seattle last year. They ain't cheap.


You might be paying for the non-gas tax. The rest of us pay for road usage by the gallon, and increased fuel economy is even cutting into that.
 
2017-11-14 12:07:05 AM  

Literally Addicted: Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership?  Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.


Depends on how much it's gonna cost to make the car emissions compliant.
 
2017-11-14 12:07:54 AM  
sturnus vulgaris

Literally Addicted: Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership? Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.

Cost me $500 for a 2015 Nissan Leaf in Seattle last year. They ain't cheap.


Nope they aren't. Depends on where you live is what you pay for tabs. Here in MN the are loosely base upon the "value" of your vehicle but does have an age cap.

My 2014 Toyota Camary SE was $215, my friends 2016 F-150 was just short of $600 for his 2017 renewal.
 
2017-11-14 12:09:20 AM  

NotThatGuyAgain: Pats_Cloth_Coat: CSB:

Was once walking past the scene of what looked like a minor accident, and there were several police cars with a young guy in cuffs in the back of one. I asked one of the cops what it was about, he said the guy had expired registration, but a registration sticker on the car.

Seems that moves your expired reg up to a felony. Ouch.

Not a great "What are you iin for?" story to tell your cellmate.


/CSB

Until you say "And creatin' a nuisance," and then they'll all move back next to you on the Group W bench and you'll have a good time playin' talkin' about mother stabbin' and father rapin' and all kinds of groovy things.


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But I love Mother!
 
2017-11-14 12:12:45 AM  
I know a 6 year old that could do a better job. If you're going to fake it, do it right.
 
2017-11-14 12:15:34 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: In my state they got rid of the sticker. Of course, they did it because every cop car in the state now has OCR, so now they don't even have to look, their vehicles do all the looking for them on every single car they trail.


Doesn't help catch violators in other states that don't have OCR everywhere.

Plus, OCR everywhere doesn't catch the guy with one valid set of plates that he moves around his five different cars.
 
2017-11-14 12:35:22 AM  
reubendaley

Yep. $1.37 a day to have a car legally registered. Unless, like many states, that's for two years of registration in which case it'll cost a crippling .68 a day.

/It's not Fark, it's waaah.


Well that's all well and great but people also pay state, federal and gas tax that goes toward the roads. We also pay tax when we purchase the vehicle. Not to mention there are other taxes on the land you own that are also for infrastructure. No a couple of cents a day isn't crippling as people suck on a $7 caffeinated water. It is the stupidity that we pay another tax, plus a filing fee, a document fee, a technology fee and then a tax on that.
 
2017-11-14 12:36:00 AM  
Permanent registration here beyotches, aww yeah.  Only because my car is really really old and only as long as I stay in the same city enough years to justify the cost BUT no more "shiat, not again" DMV notices in the mail.
 
2017-11-14 12:39:33 AM  

Literally Addicted: Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership?  Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.


Passing an emissions test and proof of insurance are usually required to get/renew your registration. So the registration might be cheap but the prerequisites aren't.
 
2017-11-14 12:47:59 AM  
Fictitious plates/tags is a misdemeanor here
 
2017-11-14 01:07:03 AM  
Didn't help that the state has a few different colors for the tag that they cycle through. The new year has a new background color.
 
2017-11-14 01:07:36 AM  
Can the Seattle times have a shiattier website? The picture loads for about 1/4 a second before the entire page then goes white for about 30 seconds as a pop-up comes up (one of those that gets by a pop-up blocker) and then the text loads up to about 99% then stops and won't load the freaking picture.
 
2017-11-14 01:11:19 AM  
Seattle PI*
 
2017-11-14 01:24:00 AM  

Loris: Didn't help that the state has a few different colors for the tag that they cycle through. The new year has a new background color.


That's nothing.  My state has 199 plates if my count is right.  I saw 4 Nascar options while scrolling thru.  Want a watermelon plate?  Gotcha covered.
 
2017-11-14 02:05:19 AM  
When I lived in Atlanta, there were always cars with cardboard signs that said "Lost / Stolen tag" in their back window. The police never pulled them over. I'm sure that was legit.
 
2017-11-14 02:23:34 AM  

Katwang: When I lived in Atlanta, there were always cars with cardboard signs that said "Lost / Stolen tag" in their back window. The police never pulled them over. I'm sure that was legit.


In many parts of Milwaukee for example, it was legit: the plates were indeed stolen off the vehicle. Many drivers in the worse off parts of town displayed a plate inside the back window (technically illegal), or even kept the plate on the seat next to them, and showed it to the cop when they were pulled over. Depending on the neighborhood the driver lived in, the cop would know it was a matter of time before the plate was swiped and waved them on
 
2017-11-14 03:00:08 AM  
*looks at headline*

*goes cross-eyed*

wat
 
2017-11-14 04:19:43 AM  

jtown: Loris: Didn't help that the state has a few different colors for the tag that they cycle through. The new year has a new background color.

That's nothing.  My state has 199 plates if my count is right.  I saw 4 Nascar options while scrolling thru.  Want a watermelon plate?  Gotcha covered.


Do you live in Florid? When I lived in NY most of the plate I saw where the regular ones. Here in Florida, every car has a different plate. Living right by Disney, I see a lot of plates and I can pick most of them easily. Except for Florida. You've got gators, manatees, golfers, bears, oranges and many others. I miss the good old days, when you could play the license plate game without having to make dad pull up close that you could read the state. How do the cops deal with it?
 
AOW
2017-11-14 04:30:24 AM  

daffy: jtown: Loris: Didn't help that the state has a few different colors for the tag that they cycle through. The new year has a new background color.

That's nothing.  My state has 199 plates if my count is right.  I saw 4 Nascar options while scrolling thru.  Want a watermelon plate?  Gotcha covered.

Do you live in Florid? When I lived in NY most of the plate I saw where the regular ones. Here in Florida, every car has a different plate. Living right by Disney, I see a lot of plates and I can pick most of them easily. Except for Florida. You've got gators, manatees, golfers, bears, oranges and many others. I miss the good old days, when you could play the license plate game without having to make dad pull up close that you could read the state. How do the cops deal with it?


Ignore the plate itself, read the number, unless you have a OCR reader, and enter it into the comp, it will tell you if the tag is valid, the insurance current, and if the registered owners license is still good, if you try to keep up with all the plate variations you will go insane
 
2017-11-14 05:12:14 AM  

sturnus vulgaris: Literally Addicted: Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership?  Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.

Cost me $500 for a 2015 Nissan Leaf in Seattle last year. They ain't cheap.


And it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.
 
2017-11-14 05:19:42 AM  

jtown: Loris: Didn't help that the state has a few different colors for the tag that they cycle through. The new year has a new background color.

That's nothing.  My state has 199 plates if my count is right.  I saw 4 Nascar options while scrolling thru.  Want a watermelon plate?  Gotcha covered.


Virginia has at least that many.
/we have a bear and a picture from the Appalachian trail on our cars.

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2017-11-14 06:00:54 AM  

wildcardjack: Vehicle registration pays for the privilege of using public roads. Literally. You pay into county wide road funds to maintain them. And in my experience it's not much to pay.

Over beers or shots, I could go into a rambling praise of cheap roads. They make agricultural products so much easier.


In most states, registration fees (and gas tax) go straight into the General Fund.
 
2017-11-14 08:45:06 AM  

reubendaley: sturnus vulgaris: Literally Addicted: Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership?  Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.

Cost me $500 for a 2015 Nissan Leaf in Seattle last year. They ain't cheap.

Yep. $1.37 a day to have a car legally registered.   Unless, like many states, that's for two years of registration in which case it'll cost a crippling .68 a day.

/It's not Fark, it's waaah.


For literally millions of Americans, $500 is a lot of money to come up with. Literally millions of Americans don't have $1 in savings.
Now, I'm not saying that people shouldn't pay their license fees. Of course they should. But when the cost of those fees exceeds a month's worth of groceries? I'm not going to be too upset at some wage slave for trying to pull a fast one on John Law. Especially when every single increase in fees and fines is accompanied by calls for tax cuts on the rich.
 
2017-11-14 09:09:08 AM  
The kind of person who thinks this is a great idea is NOT the kind of person who is smart enough to keep from getting pulled over on a regular basis.
 
2017-11-14 10:41:38 AM  
People used to steal em in Ontario, but now they've made the adhesive out of some kinda yet undiscovered kryptonian glue that will pull the plate off before the sticker. So i have a sticker sandwich piling up on my plates.
 
2017-11-14 10:47:35 AM  

TopoGigo: reubendaley: sturnus vulgaris: Literally Addicted: Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership?  Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.

Cost me $500 for a 2015 Nissan Leaf in Seattle last year. They ain't cheap.

Yep. $1.37 a day to have a car legally registered.   Unless, like many states, that's for two years of registration in which case it'll cost a crippling .68 a day.

/It's not Fark, it's waaah.

For literally millions of Americans, $500 is a lot of money to come up with. Literally millions of Americans don't have $1 in savings.
Now, I'm not saying that people shouldn't pay their license fees. Of course they should. But when the cost of those fees exceeds a month's worth of groceries? I'm not going to be too upset at some wage slave for trying to pull a fast one on John Law. Especially when every single increase in fees and fines is accompanied by calls for tax cuts on the rich.


Good news, they can avoid that big fee by not buying a brand new electric car. Or they can do a cost analysis and decide that they're putting on enough miles per month that they are saving money by going electric (and somehow able to charge in between that many miles). Or they could accept that a $500 fee is the LEAST hideous sticker shock they'll face with the cost of living in Seattle.
 
2017-11-14 10:50:22 AM  

sturnus vulgaris: Literally Addicted: Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership?  Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.

Cost me $500 for a 2015 Nissan Leaf in Seattle last year. They ain't cheap


I think your gripe is with the County and City.  I live in Snohomish County and (initial) tabs for my Soul EV cost me nothing.  No sales tax either.  Never any road tax, because no gas.  Excise tax covered too.  Owning an EV in WA is like being a mini-Trump.  You just don't pay taxes.
 
2017-11-14 01:38:01 PM  

Col. Gathers: People used to steal em in Ontario, but now they've made the adhesive out of some kinda yet undiscovered kryptonian glue that will pull the plate off before the sticker. So i have a sticker sandwich piling up on my plates.


In Chicago the people at the DMV when you get a new plate tell you to score the sticker with a razor blade, makes it beyond impossible for a thief to pull it off.
 
2017-11-14 02:22:59 PM  

pheelix: Literally Addicted: Aren't those stickers one of the cheapest things about car ownership?  Plates, gas, maintenance, insurance, parking...so many other more expensive issues.

Depends on how much it's gonna cost to make the car emissions compliant.

I don't worry about emissions. It's old enough to be exempt.
 
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