Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
John asks: I got a ticket recently. I wasn’t speeding but I haven’t got a driver’s license, insurance, or valid registration.
Can I use the Uniform Criminal Code in court where it states an automobile is considered household goods and doesn’t require to be registered, insured and the like? There’s no injured party plus I never signed a contract with them. No case, right?
My reply: Wrong – unfortunately.
I agree with you – in principle – that being forced to possess a valid driver’s license, buy and display tags and purchase insurance are all violations of basic rights (e.g., the right to travel freely using the common right-of-way) and that punishing anyone in the absence of an injured party – harm caused – is an egregious affront, worse than simply robbery or extortion because done under color of law.
But in practical terms, none of that matters. If you get caught driving a car by an AGW without a valid DL, plates or insurance, the AGW will issue you various “tickets” – i.e., extortion demands under color of law – and will probably arrest you on the spot and cart you off to jail, while your car is carted off to the impound lot.
When you get before the judge, he will convict you, on the basis of “the law” – which is what he says it is. And that’s it.
That said, you can “get away” with ignoring some of these obnoxious requirements. And there are ways to end-run some of them, too. For example, by getting a vehicle old enough to qualify for Antique tags (no annual registration fee; no emissions/safety inspections required) or ratty enough to qualify for Farm Use tags. Buy the most basic – cheapest – insurance coverage the state you’re in allows.
And maintain a low profile. Operate, to the degree you are able, under the radar. Trouble avoided is trouble you don’t have to deal with.
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