Monday, July 27, 2015

Why we no longer care about the Minnesota Transporter Plate

"Effective immediately per Minnesota DOT, we no longer need to run Minnesota transporter plates.  Any vehicles and trailers with a combined GVW under 26,000 need to have our Indiana Transporter Plate on..." 



Transporters know the old story....Indiana Transport Plates are good in every United State and Canadian Province, except one: Minnesota. For years, Minnesota did not recognize Indiana Transport Plates (and, as one may suspect, Indiana decided not tor recognize Minnesota Transporter plates). This agreement, or lack thereof, is called "reciprocity." Reciprocity, basically, is an agreement between two bodies that if one recognized the other's laws, then that recognition will be returned. 

So for years, Minnesota Transporter plates have not been reciprocal with any other state or province. This could actually result in fines for people using Minnesota Transporter plates outside Minnesota. 


On July 22, 2015, Minnesota's Department of Public Safety issued a statement, recognizing a change in Minnesota Statute. 


During the 2015 legislative session the Minnesota legislature amended the drive-away in-transit law (also known as the transporter or DRW plate).  Effective July 1, 2015 the Minnesota DRW plate will be issued only to Minnesota-based transporters and the restriction that the plate be used only within the state of Minnesota has been removed.To assist out of state transporters driving through Minnesota, there are reciprocity agreements between Minnesota and 14 states and one Canadian province. Under the terms of these reciprocity agreements, an out of state transporter may travel on Minnesota roads using their home-based DRW plate. 


This means that te Minnesota plate is no longer required to be used in Minnesota for Synergy RV Transport. It also means that Synergy drivers CAN NO LONGER USE Minnesota plates.  


References:
Minnesota Revisor Of Statutes 2015
Letter from Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety Subject: Minnesota Drive Away In-transit transporter licenses

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