Letters to the Editor

Late-license fines are just new taxes — trust me

Dear Editor,

Gov. Ritter and his crew of pirates deserve all the criticism they are getting over new fees, fines and (ahem) taxes on motor vehicles and trailers.

Funding for government projects, as every honest politician knows, is best justified when it relates closely to the actual user. Therefore, fines for expired license plates cannot be justified except as a revenue-grab. Far better to honestly ask for a fuel-tax increase for necessary highway funds, because the amount of fuel purchased actually does relate to load-per-mile traveled. Heavier vehicles burn more fuel, cause more road wear and require stronger bridges.

My ‘74 MGB roadster, which is in the process of restoration, had an out-of-state title, so it had to be inspected to obtain a Colorado title. After I had my new title in hand, I worked on the car and got it running well enough to pass a required emissions test before I could purchase permanent collector plates.

Jefferson County sold me a “temporary” paper license plate for $6.22. The paper license was good for only 10 days.

I got my emissions test, but I let the 10-day tag expire before I went back to purchase permanent plates. I was not warned ahead of time that there were new fees for letting a temporary license plate expire.

The fine was $100 for letting a six-dollar tag expire! Really!

My little MGB is in pieces for body work, but I hope to drive it again before my five-year plates expire.

Steve Schweitzberger