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Farm Use

For 33 years, I lived in New Jersey. For the last 36 years, I've lived in Virginia.

Although New Jersey is called the Garden State, I've noted much more farm-related activity here in Virginia.

Some of the vehicles of an ordinarily normal street function have no license plates down here, in the usual sense of the word. Instead, there is a metal plate that reads: Farm Use.

Now I strongly suspect some of the owners of these vehicles of shenanigans. For one thing, the vehicles are parked on relatively small properties. And for another, there seems to be no farming equipment or supplies carried by these vehicles when I see them.

It makes sense. License plates cost money. And many so-called patriotic citizens cheat on their income taxes. Why not in connection with their motor vehicles?

Now not all vehicles in Virginia bear such Farm Use signs. You'd think it'd catch on if there were no requirements for such plates.

Are there? What are they?

Image Credit » Farm Use Sign - Vincent Summers

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MegL wrote on January 31, 2018, 1:48 PM

In the UK, many farmers had their farms split years ago, when new roads were built and a law was passed to allow farm vehicles to travel up to 6 miles a week on public roads without paying road tax, so the farmers didn't suffer from having the farm split by the road.

VinceSummers wrote on January 31, 2018, 2:04 PM

Six miles? Shoot. These guys are always on the road... In the U.S., the law often punishes the obedient more than the law breaker.

MegL wrote on January 31, 2018, 4:33 PM

Probably the same here, it's unlikely they are doing 6 miles on the public road. How would you prove it?

VinceSummers wrote on January 31, 2018, 4:50 PM

Probably that thought enters their mind as well...