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Antique Plates No Longer an Easy Way Out

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I am writing in response to your Back Page column, "Rolling Loopholes" (May 9). Mr. Essid will be pleased to learn that the General Assembly this year passed legislation sponsored by Delegate Danny Marshall (R-Danville) that closes several of these loopholes.

For example, Delegate Marshall's bill requires a person applying for antique vehicle plates to show that he or she has regular access to another vehicle for daily transportation and to file a notarized certification that the antique vehicle contains the safety equipment required in the model year the vehicle was manufactured and that it is capable of being safely operated on Virginia's highways.

His bill also adds stiff penalties for using a vehicle with antique plates for other than the specific uses listed in the statute, Va. Code 46.2-730. All of these changes will take effect July 1.

Closing some of these loopholes was a multiyear effort at the General Assembly. Delegate Marshall deserves credit for sticking with this issue despite repeated attacks on him by some owners of collector cars. Our highways will be safer as a result of his efforts.

David Ogburn
Short Pump

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