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Ticked off at the state of IL

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Purchased car in March and went straight to DMV to register.
Got charged a motor fuel tax as DMV deemed the Volt an EV.
They sent my stuff off to the state and plates were to come in the mail.
4 mos later had to go back in to get a longer temp tag as they hadn't come in yet.
2 weeks later they send me a letter with all the paperwork stating that DMV forgot to charge me for a title transfer fee or something like that. Sent a new check in with all the paperwork.
New plates and sticker come in about August.
Wheew...thought I was done.

A week ago the state sends me a letter stating my plates don't match the body style and it's illegal so go to DMV.
Hand the pile of papers to DMV and come to find out, Illinois doesn't see the VOLT as an EV. Since it has a gas engine range extender, they classify it as a hybrid. (everybody is flat clueless if this is a new classification or not). They really gloss over when you try to explain the engine is in no way conected to the tires through a driveline.
They proceed to issue me new passenger car plates. I asked about the fuel tax over charge and DMV doesn't do refunds, call this ### for reimbursement.
Called than ### for reimbursement and since it has been over 6 months I have to submit a special small claims reimbursement to the state.
Everybody is so happy to help me to call someone else, no one takes responsibility, they are all sorry this happened, even though its not their fault, and they hope I have a good rest of my day.
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Steverino, Interesting theory, tough in reality. What are the costs, how to enforce? Is there a sat link in every car? Toll stations everywhere? I foresee lots of "broken" odometers. And we are in times where there is lots of resistance to Big Brother intrusions into lives. Not to mention any -ism under the sun.
Many states already have inspections required for registration. Reading mileage then is trivial. There's already penalties for selling a car without revealing odometer readings and sales taxes are due at title transfer, AND the state knows who the previous owner is. The states can easily coordinate that information transfer. Nothing about making this happen is insurmountable.

And who the heck wants terrible roads? Not even bicycle owners.
 
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