Editorial: A clever forgery

POSTED: 03/27/12 3:33 PM

It was bound to happen sooner or later. That is the resounding thought that came to mind when we received the police report on Monday. The item that inspired the thought is that someone had taken the time to forge this year’s license plate.

Considering the annual three ring circus that people have to endure to get their license plate, it is no surprise that someone reverted to a clever forgery to dodge the bullet of standing in line at the Receiver’s Office and the torture of the lines at the Inspection Center. It really is no shock that someone got frustrated enough to forge their plates.

This, to us, is a sign that the government should reconsider the way it treats it citizens in terms of their license plates, especially in a world economy that is proving to give people a tough time. But then again if we consider the way that the present administration finds the way to collect revenue, we’d be shocked if this particular line item in the budget were ever to be removed.

Let it be clear that we do not support the criminal act that was committed, but what we do put forward is that the frustration is understandable. And while we’re still on the subject of number plates there are more people out there who still have to make the switch to the new plates. Some of them park on public roads and should be quite easy to find if the Justice Ministry wants to keep earning the government money by issuing fines.

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