Originally Posted by HDTony
Trucks are wierd in this state. Supposedly the plating system go's by weight.
so for example
car= regular plate
F-150= B plate
F-250 GVWR 8500+ + D plate
Expedition= regular car plate (same wieght actualy heavier than f-150)
Excursion= regular car plate (is an f-250 and just as heavy if not heavier.)
I'llnever figure out why they give the SUV's a break religiously but my pickup is supposed to have a d plate anddrive 10 miles an hour slower onthe highway, (YA Right!!!!)
Here's how it really works:
Illinois divides vehicles into two divisions: vehicles meant to carry less than 10 passengers (first division), and vehicles meant to carry 10 or more passengers, pull cargo or freight, or to serve as living quarters. Thus, your pickup, being designed to haul cargo, is a second division vehicle; your neighbor's SUV, meant to carry 8 passengers, is a first division vehicle.
Just about all first-division vehicles can carry passenger plates; the exceptions are taxis, limos, and other commercial vehicles. Therefore, your neighbor's Ford Leviathan, weighing in at 17,500 lbs., but having only 9 seats, is a passenger car and carries passenger plates. (However, if your neighbor takes out all the seats, it becomes a truck and has to pay truck rates.)
Second division trucks can be plated two ways: by mileage (rare), or by GVWR (not weight, but weight rating). Thus, your pickup, with a GVWR of between 8,000 and 12,000 pounds, must display a D-class plate (and must carry the registration card at all times, incidentally).
RVs are defined as either traditional campers (kitchen and bath facilities), or as pickups with camper tops and a bed in the bed (or, more accurately, temporary living facilities). They pay reduced rates compared to other similarly-rated trucks.
Now, the problem is that, until fairly recently, ordinary people didn't drive large trucks. Therefore, the entire registration schedule was set up around the assumption that anyone registering a truck was doing so in order to do business as a freight carrier. The rate structure and the rules for trucks reflect that: if you're making money with your truck, then for better or worse, the State wants its cut. To be fair, the rates are also set up on the assumption--a true assumption, from what I've seen--that heavier vehicles do more damage to the highway and therefore should pay a larger share of road maintenance money.
B-truck plates are actually a concession to reality: once regular civilans began driving pickup trucks for private use, there was enough demand for the state to ease the rules on pickups and other light trucks. Hence, the B-truck plate pays passenger rates, but is still legal for carrying cargo.
Unfortunately, most of the Chicagoland area's municipal governments are still operating under two outmoded assumptions:
a) Trucks are always used for business, and
b) Trucks are ugly.
Therefore, in an attempt to keep both the commercial enterprises and the ugly vehicles out of the nice parts of town, most towns around here broadly forbid overnight parking of trucks on residential streets, trucks on boulevards, and so on. The downside, as you know, is that many citizens' private vehicles cannot legally be parked within commuting distance of home. (Again, in fairness, this also keeps Cheapo Trucking from eating all the on-street parking spaces in order to avoid buying a truck parking lot, so it's not 100% bad.)
SUVs, being relatively new to the popular market, are something that nobody really has figured out yet. (Chicago is one exception: large SUVs are subject to an additional $15 (?) city sticker charge, though no particular parking restrictions.) If they were smart, they'd add a plate class for first-division vehicles over 8,000 lbs. GVWR and charge D-plate fees for it.
The only real solution, as always, is to write to your local elected officials and explain your situation and your problem, and ask for their help in updating the rules to reflect modern vehicle ownership.