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Old 07-09-2009
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Got a call from 78CJ7 today about something Ggg saw last weekend. Seems the police were out in force ticketing folks who's license plate classifications were below what the law said they should be.

Apparently Illinois found a new revenue source in the form of new plate/ classification fees. For example, right now I have B plates on my F250 and TB plates on my trailer. According to the new laws, I now need D plates ($18 shy of double the cost) for the truck (9,000 lbs GVWR)and TC plates (only $4 more, what a bargain) for my trailer (two 3,500 lbs axles, 7,000 lbs GCAWR).

But that ain't all! Depending on the weight class of your vehicle and/ or whether or not you pull a trailer, there are also all kinds of saftey equipment, regulations and inspections involved.

Here's a link to the whole shebang: (625 ILCS 5/) Illinois Vehicle Code
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I just got back from IL Sec. of State. I called the Rockford branch and went in person to the Belvidere branch (both are CDL sites) They both confirmed that on truck plates the plate should be rated according to the GVWR of the vehicle as stated on the door jamb sticker.
In short all 3/4 and 1 ton p/u trucks should have class D-truck plates. $158/yr. Plus current safety inspection every 6 months. I asked about a rumor that said if caught with an expired safety inspection sticker that it is a class c misdemeanor but they did not know anything about that.
All of the specialty plates such as Veteran, Firefighter, Peace, Sportsman, etc are all max #8000 GVWR plates so again they are not legal on 3/4 or 1 ton trucks. I asked if this is a new law and they said no, just one that was not enforced as strictly as it is now.
Another side note is if you have trailer plates class TC or heavier, the vehicle towing it must be plated D truck or heavier and both trailer and truck must have current safety inspections, and operable brakes on all axles touching the ground. They used to allow only one axle on a TC trailer to have brakes.
If you are trailering a Jeep on a TA plated trailer you are over weight (IIRC #3000 max). A TB might work depending on how light your trailer is, but it is close. A stock YJ, TJ with 6cyl and hard top weighs about #4200. TB plates are good up to #5000. All weights are gross (trailer and load combined).

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Here's proof that no one running our State has a clue. At the DMV in Schaumburg, they said if it has a pick up body, it's a B. I'm gonna play it safe and get D on the truck and TC on the trailer.
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Her be da thread I first saw on the issue.
http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/il...eed-limit.html
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Well this last weekend a very close friend of mine Tony got several tickets for these very issues. I'll try to make this long story short, so here is a link to his story. Some of the state statutes are listed in the thread.
http://powerstrokenation.com/forums/...ad.php?t=69219
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While looking into his issue we ran across another stupid IL law brought to you by our insurance companies.
It is illegal to have a draw bar (hitch) inserted into the reciever of your vehicle that exceeds 4" beyond the rear of the vehicle, unless of course, you are towing a trailer.
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Her be da thread I first saw on the issue.
http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/il...eed-limit.html
That forum alone would make me seriously rethink ever buying a dodge truck...I think I lost a few points of IQ reading some of those posts.
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Bill I can't argue against your point, but it also holds true for some Jeep sites as well.
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While looking into his issue we ran across another stupid IL law brought to you by our insurance companies.
It is illegal to have a draw bar (hitch) inserted into the reciever of your vehicle that exceeds 4" beyond the rear of the vehicle, unless of course, you are towing a trailer.
I really fail to see how this is an issue. It takes what a couple of minutes to remove the drawbar?? I know I remove mine right away when I'm not towing...
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I guess I am just used to leaving it in the receiver, that way it was there, where and when I need it. Now I will get a ticket for something I have been doing for almost 30 years. It is just a matter of changing my ways that's all. I bet I use mine once a week for something other than towing a trailer. I just thought I would post it as a public service announcement. I would like to know what they will say about DMI bumpers.
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