One man's outlook on living in the little town too big for one state.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The Farm Use Tag
I recently was reading an email newsletter from the Delaware House of Representatives that addressed "Farm Use" tags on alleged farm vehicles. Now I have written about, what I view as a problem, with the use of these tags. http://delmardustpan.blogspot.com/2007/08/revisit-to-watermelon-bus.html At that time I was concerned about the safety issue with the watermelon buses that are so popular in our area. House Bill 122 will put a $10 registration fee for a "FV" tag to replace the farm use tag. It is a shame that farmers have abused the farm use tag for it to come to this. We all know once the State begins issuing a tag, that $10 registration will go by the wayside in a couple of years and an annual fee will replace it followed by inspections. However I agree something has to be done about it.
From the Delaware House of Representatives
Curtailing the Misuse of Farm Vehicles:
are currently allowed to operate vehicles on their properties and in the general
vicinity of their operations using plastic "Farm Vehicle" tags available at any
supply store, but that will change in about six months.
House Bill 122 (as
amended) was approved by the House this week and is heading to Gov. Markell for
his expected signature. The measure will replace the
non-specific plastic tag with a new "FV" tag that will be numbered and
registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles.
bipartisan bill is supported by the Delaware Farm Bureau and grew out of
repeated complaints about abuses. Downstate legislators regularly receive calls
that the tags are used by non-farmers. Additionally, authorities have no way of
identifying farm vehicles that violate traffic laws or run tolls.
new tags will be limited to farm vehicles and trailers owned and used
exclusively by farmers who derive at least $1,000 of their annual income from
actively farming a minimum of 10 acres. Such vehicles can only be legally
operated for personal or agricultural use within 20 miles of the farm. A
one-time $10 registration fee will apply.
exempt from state inspection, a farm vehicle or trailer with an FV tag must be
equipped with a functioning stop light, turn signals and brakes.
debate Thursday, State Rep. Dave Wilson, R-Cedar Creek Hundred, said while he
supported the bill, he was concerned about a flurry of late objections he
received about it. He said more than a dozen farmers contacted him recently
because they had no proof-of-ownership of some of their farm vehicles.
many cases, (farmers) have lost the title or destroyed the title because they
never intended to register it ..., so my question is: 'How are they going to
show proof-of-ownership?'" he said.
Reps. Wilson, Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown, and Ron Gray, R-Selbyville,
preferred to delay the bill briefly until officials with the Division of Motor
Vehicle officials could weigh-in on the issue. Ultimately, the House decided to
move forward, with Reps. Wilson, Briggs King & Gray not voting on the
Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Lewes-Milton, was the only House member to oppose the
measure, which passed 34 yes, 1 no, 3 not voting, and 3