Massachusetts man challenges government rule on tow vehicle licensing

WORCESTER, Mass. — A Webster man who uses his full-sized pickup to haul a travel trailer wants the state motor vehicle department to drop its rule that vehicles with more than five tires must pay higher rates for commercial license plates, the Telegram reported.

Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, joined 30 other members of the legislature to send a letter to the Registry of Motor Vehicles asking the agency to review the policy requiring some pickup truck owners to pay for commercial plates.

Stephen Atwood told the Telegram he uses his F-350, which has dual rear wheels, primarily to haul his “large, but modest” camper trailer. He said he had been towing it with a smaller pickup truck, but that wasn’t safe.

His smaller pickup cost $50 to register and required a $29 inspection. But, having the extra rear wheels meant his new truck had to be licensed as a commercial vehicle at a cost of $400 for registration and $129 for an inspection.

To read the complete story in the Telegram, click here.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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  • RV Guy says:

    It’s about time people started challenging these states when it comes to their licensing laws. Too many of them use it as another form of taxation. The fines are an outrage and have gone mostly unnoticed. CA charges $1300 if you aren’t properly licensed.

  • John Coons says:

    It is rather easy to understand why Mass does this if you read the comments posted with the complete article in the Worcester Telegram. I don’t think I’ve ever read comments from so many “Whack-Os” ! Did you know big RVs are evil… that you should be happy to pay the State whatever? Never say idiots can’t read!

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