SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Tax Commission decided to save money by halting postcard reminders to motorists just before it was time to renew their vehicle registration, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Since then, more than one of every four car owners failed to register vehicles on time, according to data the commission provided to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Rep. Scott Chew, R-Jensen, says stopping the postcards last year was a mistake that needs to be reversed, and introduced a bill to restart them unless individuals instead choose to receive email reminders.
“A lot of people,” he said, “just felt like they had the rug pulled out from under them.”
The lawmaker said many told him they “never even thought about” when to re-register because the postcard would come and then they would handle it with monthly bills. “And a week later it [a license plate sticker] arrives in the mail and I put it on my car and then all is good.”