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New law governing Farm Use tags takes effect July 1
SoVaNow.com / June 15, 2010A new law enacted by the Virginia General Assembly affecting existing guidelines governing the use of “farm use” tags on automobiles statewide will take effect July 1.
According to Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Randall K. Pearce the code section governing revisions to the existing guidelines, passenger cars will no longer be allowed registration exemptions for farm use.
The change came about, Pearce said, as a result of an increase across the state in citizen reports of abuse to the current farm use policies and guidelines.
“This change will help identify abuse and should have little operating impact on lawful farming operations,” Pearce said, adding that statistically, farm use tag abuse tends to go hand-in-hand with other violations that include driving on a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle after being declared a habitual offender, driving without a valid license, operating a vehicle without a valid Virginia inspection sticker or adequate liability insurance, and other, related offenses.
The new law, which falls under Section 46.2-665, 666 and 670 of the Code of Virginia, tweaks the former wording to allow exemptions only for pickup trucks, panel trucks, sport utility vehicles, vehicles with a gross weight of more than 7,500 lbs., trailers and semi-trailers.
Pearce said that his office is attempting to get the word out to all area farmers that stand to be affected by the change so that they can in turn come into compliance with the new law by July 1. 6034
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