Rhode Island requires you to re-register your vehicle every two years, charging you $60 or more, depending on the cost of your vehicle. Aside from towns that charge a municipal car tax, these fees add up- in money and time spent at the overcrowded, undermanned DMVs.
RICRU supports the minimization or elimination of re-registration fees and municipal car taxes, being an additional undue burden on already overtaxed Rhode Islanders.
RI Uninspected Vehicle Suspension
Rhode Island suspends your vehicle’s registration after roughly 30 days of remaining uninspected. While a planned $250 fine for reinstating registrations was blocked by Governor Raimondo, vehicles whose registrations are revoked while awaiting inspection require an arduous visit to the DMV or a letter from your mechanic to be reinstated, while putting citizens at risk of arrest for unknowingly driving an unregistered vehicle.
RICRU supports eliminating revoking uninspected vehicles’ registrations, as it penalizes poor and/or busy citizens who don’t get their cars inspected ‘quickly enough,’ by the DMV’s standards, and opens them up to arrest and criminal charges when driving their car to the mechanic for inspection, unless paying hefty fees for a tow.
RI Vehicle Title Reform
In an effort to transition RI into a “titled vehicle” state by 2021, the DMV requires vehicles manufactured after 2000 to have a title in order to be registered and driven.
While this has beneficial effects, it puts a number of arduous hazards before buyers of used cars; different states have different laws, so the transferal of title may be caught up or impossible if the seller is not willing to properly transfer title by their own states’ rules.
RICRU supports the elimination of mandatory titling of vehicles, and/or easing the path to titling a vehicle with a clean VIN. Disallowing improperly titled vehicles is a small deterrent for criminals, who can easily forge bills of sale and dealers’ licenses from other states, while legal buyers of used cars are often left with a legally undriveable vehicle due to overdemanding rules or shady sellers from out-of-state. (See: Title jumping.)