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Weight Discrimination DMV Style

There is a war on larger vehicles in [insert state of choice here], and the state has fired the first shot in the form of higher registration fees.  My 11-year-old pickup truck costs over $20.00 more per year to register than my husband’s car.  What is the reason for this?  According to the DMV’s website, fees are determined by weight, the heavier the vehicle, the higher the cost.  At first, this may seem to make sense, until more thought is given to the matter.  What exactly constitutes registering a vehicle?  Presumably it entails pushing paper and a computer system of some sort.  I could be wrong, but I’m sure at no point does a state worker physically lift any vehicles.  Perhaps the paperwork for the larger vehicles is printed on legal-size paper as opposed to letter-size paper.  This surely must be the weight differentiation.  I suppose an argument could be made that larger vehicles cause more damage to the roadways.  This may be true, but the roads resemble swiss cheese, so to that I must ask where the money has gone.  The state is just another entity capitalizing on the obesity epidemic, only it’s overweight motor vehicles that are in their crosshairs.

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