Letter: Questions candidate’s use of ‘Farm Use’ vehicle
Several times in the past week, I have noticed a small blue Ford truck parked at several locations around Gloucester with two, "Vote for Graham Blake" banners on this vehicle. Over the past month, Mr. Blake has been seen putting up his political signs while driving this vehicle and going door to door for his campaign.
I also noticed that his vehicle displays "Farm Use" tags on it. I thought: Can Mr. Blake use his "Farm Use" vehicle for political purposes? After looking on the internet under Virginia law on "Farm Use" tags, I found some very interesting information on this matter.
Virginia law stated that the vehicle bearing "Farm Use" tags must have a vehicle gross weight (G.W.) of 7,500 pounds. I wonder how a small Ford truck has a G.W. of 7,500 pounds! How and where did he get these tags? What is the benefit of "Farm Use" tags? It also stated that non-farm use of the vehicle displaying farm plates is limited to the personal use of the owner and his immediate family in attending church or school, securing medical treatment or supplies, or securing other household or family necessities.
The Virginia law also stated that it is a Class 2 misdemeanor to operate or permit the operation of any farm vehicle on a Virginia highway for purposes other than provided (46.2-698). The law also said that knowingly making a false statement on a registration application form is a Class 6 felony (46.2-605).
After looking up Ford Ranger trucks from 1985 to 2005, I found none of them had a G.W. of 7,500 pounds. Can all citizens of Gloucester County apply to get these "Farm Use" license plates?