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  •  TX requires tags for cars (3+ / 0-)

    and to get tags you must prove insurance coverage (by VIN).

    However, if the car does not get driven on a public road or street with an invalid registration (including down to buy the new tags -- and yes, this can be a huge pain in rural places) you are not subject to a fine or payment for registrations in the year(s) that the car is not used on the highway. Have to get the insurance coverage before you get the tags.

    Similar arrangements with firearms might be workable, but I'm not anything like engineer enough to figure out how they'd be written so as not to infringe the 2nd amendment (affordability, among other considerations; and if you're a keeper of antiques or a collector, that affordability factor hops up by an order of magnitude, now, for cars; if you did the same thing for firearms, what would be the result?).

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:21:35 PM PST

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    •  Car Insurance / Gun Insurance (2+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim, caul

      Not many uninsured drivers in British Columbia (left coast of Canada).

      The liability insurance company is a quasi-governmental agency. The only way to get the annual license tab is to buy insurance.

      In the states, an automobile can't be conceal carry, and you can't hide it in a desk drawer. So enforcing an insurance requirement would be quite a task.

    •  if you're going on public roads, (3+ / 0-)
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      PavePusher, VClib, happymisanthropy

      sure, you need tags and insurance.

      •  I have to prove my car insurance covers any (2+ / 0-)

        trailer I pull too in order to get tags for my trailer, which sits most of the time. I have a little popup camper (currently needing repair) and a 6x12 utility hauler that helps move the kids to/from new jobs, etc. Those trailers sit a lot.

        But the tags are cheaper for them than the fine for getting caught without....and I can renew tags in about 20 minutes' time, usually, so it's not that big a hassle.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:10:02 AM PST

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