Letter: State lays costly trap for drivers
To the editor of THE EAGLE:
How often do you think about your driver’s license? Most likely it’s not very often. You just have it in your wallet and take it out if you need it. When was the last time you examined it? I urge you to do it now.
Last week, I received a cryptic notice from my insurance company about a driver in my household with a "suspended or revoked license." The notice said that insurance coverage would soon stop for this driver. I was shocked to see my name as the offender. When I looked at my license, I was stunned that it had, indeed, expired. I wondered, "What happened to the notice in the mail?"
At the RMV website under renewals I found a notice that said, "Happy Birthday -- The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will no longer mail out renewal notices..." I don’t know about you, but I don’t visit the RMV site except to renew registrations. When I’m there, I certainly don’t randomly investigate all the menus. How would I (or you) know about this change in policy?
The state has shrewdly found a way to increase revenues in a couple of ways. Otherwise innocent drivers who might be pulled over because a taillight is out can now get a bonus fine. The state has also outsourced the notification of drivers to the insurance companies.
What irks me most is that I try to stay on top of things. I check my email and regular mail. I pay my bills on time. I keep up with my obligations. Here the state has laid a trap for me (and you). Why shouldn’t a state agency for which we pay through our taxes and fees inform us about our obligations in a timely manner?
I urge you to look at your license now.