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out of state plates... i have a plan!

i thought now would be a great time to argue the issue of out of state license plates taking up all of the residential street spots.  I have a plan!  Apparently (someone correct me if i didn't read this properly) MA excise taxes are due from everyone who parks their car in MA for more than 50% of the year.  (This would apply to all of the students and such who claim that their car is their parents' and thus don't register or insure it in MA.)


OBVIOUSLY nobody but MA residents are paying this tax. .. and their out of state cars take up half of the parking spots in my neighborhood these days.


Wouldn't it make sense to issue a sticker for your car that identifies the fact that you paid this required tax and can park on residential Boston streets overnight?


Dont get me wrong... people that live in the South End or North End or Allston NEED resident only stickers specific to their neighborhood... but why not restrict other residential areas of Boston to" Boston resident only "?  Not all of these areas... just those that are deemed highly residential (whatever that might be).


Just a thought.

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Comment by Susan on May 10, 2011 at 1:02pm

i did not know that Brett.   i also did not know that this issue was such a collossal waste of everyone's time.  sorry keith... here is a link to your idea to decriminalize-prostitution.


Comment by Brett on May 5, 2011 at 6:37pm

In MA, you have a very limited time to either register your car here, or get registered with the RMV as an out-of-state student.  You also have to transfer your license.  It doesn't matter who owns the car...

Comment by Susan on April 29, 2011 at 10:15am

we DO have those areas... Check Elm Street or other highly residential areas.  I lived on a resident only street in JP.


I am talking about making those streets work for our visitors and not against them.  A friend of mine got a ticket for parking for 5 minutes on a resident only street in JP... she was picking up a resident..and that's not fair either since the Visitor Spots were all taken by people with  JP resident stickers.  This would actually free up a lot of spaces for everyone, raise income for the municipality (collecting the VERY small taxes that SHOULD be getting paid anyway), and that would benefit everyone in JP.  (unless of course they use that funding to give some yahoo an undeserved city car upgrade)


Also, please don't 'boo' other people's ideas.  Just because it is not important to you, doesn't make it less important to me.  I could care less that you don't problems finding a spot where you live.  Think of other people. I have a hard time where I live now, and know for a fact that many of the out of state plates not only live in my area, but since their cars are not registered in MA,  do not pay the proper excise tax which was created to support the local upkeep of certain services (such as roads and street cleaning). 


Some of these people are my friends.  The tax is very small and would not outweigh the benefit of keeping your car registered in another state... which is still crappy, but it's better than nothing.


Comment by Megan Stokes on April 29, 2011 at 10:01am

Boo to this plan.  I'd rather spend my time working for more important things.  


I'm glad we don't have a residents only policy like the North or South End.  When I have friends visit from out of town, I don't have to worry about getting visitor permits for them.  I live right in the heart of Centre/South and always find parking easily.   Until parking gets like the North End, leave it alone.  

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