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  • E. Texas woman debited hundreds in toll charges for trips she never made

    05/24/2016 8:08:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    KLTV 7 ^ | May 23, 2016 | Cody Lillich
    TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas woman has a warning for anyone who uses Texas toll roads and uses the TxTag for billing. Birgit Grubbs, of Athens, has used Toll 49 for years, but recently found out she was charged hundreds of dollars in tolls for trips she has never taken on roads in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. After trying to solve the problem herself by calling customer support and filing complaints and getting no resolution, she contacted us. "I was like Holy Moly... there is no way that these charges are mine," Grubbs said. She was shocked when...
  • "Freedom" License Plate Banned In Washington D.C.

    03/05/2013 11:24:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 40 replies ^ | March 5, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    The word “FREEDOM” is among the list of banned vanity license plate slogans for Washington D.C., according to a government file obtained by a Freedom of Information Request filed by the transparency website
  • O54MA road ban (Britain: Auto license plates that can used by terrorist sympathizers banned)

    11/21/2008 4:06:01 PM PST · by Stoat · 2 replies · 657+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) / Various ^ | November 21, 2008 | DAVID WOODING
    EXCLUSIVE  O54MA road ban Illegal ... 'Osama' number plate   By DAVID WOODING Whitehall Editor Published: Today       CAR registration numbers that may be snapped up by terrorist sympathisers have been BANNED. They are among hundreds of potentially offensive plates spotted by licensing chiefs. O54MA (Osama), HO57AGE (hostage), BU58OMB (bus bomb), MA56ACA (massacre), and HE58OLA (Hezbollah) will not be issued by the DVLA. Anything including JEHAD or HAMAS is also out. Other plates on a black list drawn up by a secret panel are thought provocative on religious grounds or likely to spark racial hatred. They include MO56LEM...

    November 19, 2007 -- The federal government may have a $25 million reward for fugitive terrorist Osama bin Laden, but a retired city cop says the Department of Motor Vehicles has banned his "GETOSAMA" vanity license plates as offensive.
  • In a nation of personalized license plates, Virginia rates URSOVAIN

    11/11/2007 5:07:21 PM PST · by Cagey · 24 replies · 819+ views
    C News ^ | 11-11-2007 | Dena Potter
    You, too, New Hampshire, Illinois, Nevada and Montana. A state-by-state survey of the popularity of vanity license plates has found that car and truck owners in Virginia are the vainest of them all. Out of the 9.3 million personalized plates on the roads of America, about one in 10 are in Virginia, according to rankings provided to The Associated Press by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. That's 16 per cent of the plates issued by Virginia. New Hampshire came in second with nearly 14 per cent. Illinois had about 13.4 per cent, but that amounted to nearly 1.3...
  • CLEAN PLATES (DMV Censors Won't Grant License to Offend)

    03/06/2005 9:20:30 AM PST · by Scenic Sounds · 72 replies · 1,427+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | March 6, 2005 | John Wilkens
    Last October, with the presidential election a month away, a letter arrived at the Sacramento headquarters of the state Department of Motor Vehicles. "Recently I found out that the California personalized license plate 'F DUBYA' is in use," the letter said. "As an American that lives in California, I am offended that the DMV has allowed this plate to be used." Offended? Hard at first glance to see what's wrong. But if you read "F" as an abbreviation for a certain four-letter word, and "DUBYA" as a nickname for a certain occupant of the White House, you can see how...
  • End Of Road For GOTMILF License Plate

    07/29/2004 11:04:56 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 230 replies · 8,891+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | July 21, 2004 | TSG
    End Of Road For GOTMILF License Plate"Offensive" vanity tag yanked by Washington officials JULY 21--This is the story of GOTMILF. In May 2002, Michael Syravong filed a "personalized license plate application"with Washington's Department of Licensing. GOTMILF was Syravong's first choice among the three possible personalized tags he listed on the state form (he would have settled for SUPL8EZ or RCKSTAR). Asked for the meaning of GOTMILF, Syravong wrote, "Manual Inline Lift Fluctuator," which he would later claim was some kind of automotive gizmo. The 25-year-old software engineer's license plate choice was, amazingly, approved by bureaucrats who obviously never saw the...
  • Licensed to Bill

    07/26/2004 3:06:30 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 1 replies · 255+ views
    Snopes ^ | 22 July 2004 | Snopes
    Claim: A man whose car bore personalized license plates reading 'NO PLATE' received notices for thousands of unpaid parking tickets. Status: True.
  • Vanity License Plate Brings Tickets

    07/22/2004 7:30:42 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 35 replies · 1,378+ views ^ | July 22, 2004
    WILMINGTON, Del. - A vanity license tag chosen as a gag has left its owner holding the bag. Jim Cara thought the "NOTAG" plate he got for his Suzuki motorcycle would give people a laugh. Instead, he found that the laugh - along with more than 200 parking violations - was on him. The new tag arrived in the mail Saturday, along with an avalanche of Wilmington parking violations. "All the traffic tickets say, 'Notice of violation. License number: no tag,'" Cara explained. Officials said city computers linked to state Division of Motor Vehicles computers finally found an address for...
  • More Kerry Car Troubles: 'Purple Heart 3' Vanity Plate, Outsourced SUV

    04/30/2004 8:52:29 AM PDT · by Dr Snide · 72 replies · 403+ views
    Friday, Apr. 30, 2004 11:19 AM EDT More Kerry Car Troubles: 'Purple Heart 3' Vanity Plate, Outsourced SUV Unlike most combat vets, Sen. John Kerry has never been shy about bragging on his wartime experience. But even we were surprised to hear that his 1985 Dodge is plastered with vanity plates that read "Purple Heart 3." The Boston Herald's Howie Carr has done some research into the Kerry family's fleet of vehicles, and has turned up some interesting details. Apart from the Purple Heart plates, Carr has discovered that Kerry's wife Teresa is hiding another family SUV at their estate...
  • ABOUT NEW YORK: DUMPBUSH? Don't Try It on a Plate

    03/27/2004 4:29:08 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 42 replies · 238+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 27, 2004 | DAN BARRY
    THE phrase that came to his mind was evocative, to the point, and in perfect conformity with the eight-figure character as allowed by the Custom Plate Unit of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. His muse had surely blessed him, he thought; it seemed that he had achieved a kind of license plate haiku. He typed in his phrase, sent it to the department's online service, and imagined the day when he would join the ranks of anonymous poets whose license plate musings linger in the thoughts of readers for a moment or for an hour, depending on...
  • Carl Hiaasen: Nothing special about 'special' tags any longer

    02/07/2004 7:34:37 PM PST · by mhking · 24 replies · 226+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 1.25.04 | Carl Hiaasen
    A few years ago, it was semi-cool to put a specialty license tag on your car. Save the manatees. Protect the panther. Remember the Challenger astronauts. Unfortunately, Florida officials turned a nifty little concept into an explosion of cheesy boosterism and banality. Last week, the state's 89th specialty tag went on sale. ''Stop Child Abuse,'' it says -- and who would argue with that? Another new one, unveiled in Key West by a grandson of Jacques Cousteau, implores Floridians to ''Protect Our Reefs.'' Again, we're behind you 100 percent. But enough is enough. Motorists here can now buy license plates...