Letter: License plate questions
A letter in the July 19 Monitor about Purple Heart vehicle plates reminded me of a couple license plate issues I have.
My first concern is with handicap plates. I know couples who have two vehicles and two handicap plates, but only one person is handicapped. Yes, there are handicaps that cannot be seen, such as heart disease, but I know drivers are misusing them for closer parking privileges and free access to venues.
Three years ago I went to the Division of Motor Vehicles to get a handicap placard to use in whatever vehicle I would be driving to take my terminally ill husband to doctor’s appointments, etc. He died five months later, and I returned the placard. I was told they usually don’t get them back. This is something very hard to control, but we need to do something.
My other concern is the yearly renewal fee for vanity plates. Last year I went to Concord City Hall for renewals and questioned the amount I was charged. One lady told me it was because I have two vanity plates at $40 each. For years my husband and I had received the renewals and sent them via mail so did not know what the specific vanity plate fees were. Last time I actually went into the office in Bow, I was told the rate was $25. At the time we had only one vanity plate, so it didn’t seem so bad. I have had my same truck plate for more than 40 years; it was replaced only once after an accident. Can someone please tell me why I have to pay an additional $40 to get the same darn stickers that everyone else gets?