City officials asking questions about expired Char-Meck fleet tags

City officials asking questions about expired Char-Meck fleet tags

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 1:54 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There are new developments on an NBC Charlotte exclusive.

On Tuesday, NBC Charlotte broke the story about thousands of city and county cars with the wrong license plates.

Now, following our report, it appears local leaders are asking questions.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the city manager sent a letter to the city council explaining the problem.

NBC Charlotte learned that about 80-percent of 4,800 cars in the Char-Meck fleet have out-of-date tags.

As of January 1, a new state law requires government cars to have orange and black permanent plates as opposed to the old silver and black.

The memo from the city manager blames late notice from the state for the cumbersome process to get new plates, and a software glitch the resulted in lost inspection results.

As NBC Charlotte reported on Tuesday, the city and county still haven't received hundreds of tags from the DMV, but hope to have them all mounted by the end of next month.

A DMV spokesperson in Raleigh says she’s not aware of any backorders, but acknowledged it's a big task, and several big agencies are running behind, and will give them a few more weeks.

The interesting thing, she's said it's up to other law enforcement agencies to decide whether they want to pull over these vehicles for having inactive tags.

Of course, if you or I had the wrong tag, we would be pulled over, and no excuses would be allowed.   
 

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