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#331 OFFLINE   Noel Tidybeard

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Posted Yesterday, 09:30 PM

Soon to have plate removed and it'll just be sat up.

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i think you need to explain this/why for us normal people! :mrgreen:


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Posted Yesterday, 09:46 PM

The action of using a vehicle on the highway here is slightly different from there. Not much, but just enough to be strange from a UK perspective.

Item one- the vehicle VIN.
The VIN is the most important part of the car here in terms of licensing for use. Being as the USA is a Federal group of United States, each with different rules and nonsense, the VIN is a uniform way of identifying the vehicle.

Item two- registration document.
This document must be carried in the vehicle at all times. It indicates who owns said vehicle, who it's registered to for use on the road and proof of that is required to be presented to a law enforcement officer if they decide to stop and ask some friendly questions.

Item three- licence plate.
This is your local state identifier, issued by the government and property of them, too. You show them that you have title to the vehicle, have insured the vehicle and they issue a plate to affix to the vehicle that shows it's been paid up in it's home state for use on the highway. If you choose to cancel insurance on the vehicle the plate must be turned in. It bears the most resemblance to the old Road Fund "tax disc". It's just metal and square and goes on the back of the car (some states have two. Louisiana has just one).

Item four- inspection sticker
In this state it is required to have the vehicle checked for safe operation on an annual it biannual basis. A sticker is placed in the windscreen showing the inspection took place. Not all states require an inspection.

Item five- insurance
The vehicle in this state must be insured for use on the highway (not all states require this). A card with the policy information on just be carried in the vehicle in case of a law enforcement officer wishing to have a word. The vehicle is insured, not the operator. Anybody with a valid license and the owner's authorization may drive the vehicle, insured.

Item six- licence
In order to operate a motor vehicle you need to have proven a certain degree of prowess for the rules of the road. A written exam and a practical test are required to issue the stuffer with a licence. Must be carried in the vehicle being driven (see: law enforcement officers).


I wish to cancel insurance, so the plate must be turned in to the DMV.


Phil

Edit, item 7- title.
Ownership of vehicle. Keep it in your safe. Government receipt, in a way. No direct UK requirement because a receipt written on an old cigarette packet is adequate there. Not so here. Houses and cars require a notorized official document showing who owns them.
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#333 ONLINE   PhilA

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Posted Yesterday, 10:05 PM

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I forgot about this little niknak. Mirror, clipped over the passenger sun visor.

No idea if it's original but I don't care. It's just excellent. Pontiac indeed.


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Posted Yesterday, 10:57 PM


Item two- title document.
This document must be carried in the vehicle at all times. It indicates who owns said vehicle, and proof of that is required to be presented to a law enforcement officer if they decide to stop and ask some friendly questions.

 

 

I did not know that.  I have kept them tucked away at home on the basis that it shows ownership.  If the car is stolen with the title in it doesn't it make it easy for the thief to get rid of the car/raise a title loan?  Not that it matters for my heaps so i will put them in the cars.


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Posted Yesterday, 11:12 PM

Thanks for the licence plate explanation, I had a vague idea of the US system but it was interesting to read the detail. Some of it seems quite odd from our perspective although I do like the idea of insuring vehicle not operator as standard.
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#336 ONLINE   PhilA

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Posted Today, 12:23 AM

I did not know that.  I have kept them tucked away at home on the basis that it shows ownership.  If the car is stolen with the title in it doesn't it make it easy for the thief to get rid of the car/raise a title loan?  Not that it matters for my heaps so i will put them in the cars.


Actually you are right, NyQuil talking here.
You need to keep the title at home and the paper registration certificate in the car. Not the title!


But it's where you see the TV and they ask for license, registration and insurance please.

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Posted Today, 01:35 AM

On a better note there now appear to be no more spiders hiding up in the dashboard; I'll check again tomorrow.

On a worse note, I'm coming down with a nasty cough and am losing my voice.

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Posted Today, 05:49 AM

Spiders... pfffft

 

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Posted Today, 06:16 AM

I think I prefer the Louisiana system......

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Posted Today, 12:20 PM

I can't stand snakes, even dead ones, headless ones and ones that have eaten rat poison.

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Posted Today, 01:07 PM

Thanks for all these tales of spiders and snakes. I was really looking forward to collecting my Thunderbird that has sat around since the 80's, but now I'm not so sure


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Posted Today, 01:11 PM

Thanks for all these tales of spiders and snakes. I was really looking forward to collecting my Thunderbird that has sat around since the 80's, but now I'm not so sure

 

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Posted Today, 01:22 PM

I would keep an eye open for spiders. Have a can of wasp spray ready. They like to hide up in sheltered nooks- wheel arches, dashboards, up inside box sections.

You'll probably find if anything the spiders will be expired but they may have left nests of babies. The vehicle should have been steam cleaned before it left the home port, and again upon entry to the UK.
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Posted Today, 03:04 PM

Actually you are right, NyQuil talking here.
You need to keep the title at home and the paper registration certificate in the car. Not the title!
But it's where you see the TV and they ask for license, registration and insurance please.
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