jalopy jockey wrote: dennismurphy wrote: jalopy jockey wrote: dennismurphy wrote: chrismaltby wrote: ibisman wrote:
How do you get a sticker if your plate is not due till July?
Go to the SOS. Tell them what you want. Give them $10 and they will print you a new registration and a sticker with a diminutive P affixed to it.
you don't NEED to... if you don't need a plate through Sept2011 you basically have FREE access to the parks- another built in money-loss application of the current law it seems
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-15 ... --,00.html
Q: What if I want to use the parks in 2011 before my registration renewal date - will I have to pay twice?
A. The Recreation Passport funding model is not tied to the calendar year - instead, it will be based on your personal vehicle registration date.
Here is an example of how it will work the first year of the program:
Your vehicle registration renewal is in July
You want to visit the park in April
If you want to use the parks before your vehicle registration is due (for example, in April), then please do! Our staff will see that your chance to pay the $10 will not occur until July, and you will not be asked to purchase anything on-site. However, if you don't buy your Recreation Passport in July and you visit a park in September, you will have to buy a one at a state park or recreation area.
That's so as to now screw people like me who will get new tags in the spring. Granted paying for this year twice would still be cheaper than last year...
how are you 'screwed'? You can use the parks now with a NON-P plate and when you renew your plate you get the one with a P regardless of whether your plate renewal is May or August- Until then you just go in the park- if you already got a sticker with a P in advance of your spring plate renewal... well, consider it a donation to the DNR and as you say- still cheaper than the $25 fee previously
can't type w should have been a t. If there wasn't the grace period I would most certainly been hosed when I 1st go to state park a few weeks before I renew my plates.
I don't get this "hosing" feeling. I have never seen a person in a booth at ANY state park Ive been to before mid May anyway. I have pretty much never bothered to buy my pass before that point either. I haven't even heard of anyone getting a ticket for using a park before they start manning the booths. And even if you were ticketed, its has been what, $7? It was always just the cost of a day pass.
The point of this legislation wasn't to force everyone to pay, but allow access everyone, or so I thought at least.
I expect far less enforcement, I highly doubt officer's will be riding around ticketing people- that would cost them $$$. Besides, what is the horrible horrible reason we can't allow some to access our parks without paying??? God forbid.
Oh and BTW, there are some stats out on participation. It's currently at 20%- with the parks saying anything over 17% is EXCESS from what they were collecting previously. Considering we haven't hit summer- I suspect that number will go up. http://www.ourmichiganparks.org/
"About 20% of Michigan drivers who renewed their license plates Oct. 1-Dec. 31 have paid the extra $10 to get the Recreation Passport, new data from the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources and Environment shows.
While 20% may not seem like a high percent participation, it is a good start, said Ron Olson, chief of the DNRE Recreation Division.
Olson said they needed to get at least 17% participation to match funding from the old state park pass program, and so far, they’re pleased."
Here is the link directly to the Freep article: http://www.freep.com/article/20110127/F ... y=nav|head
Relax, the sky isn't falling- yet at least.
Oh and here is the state's website for the recreation passport. http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-15 ... --,00.html
Oh and here are some business that are helping to push the program by offering discounts to those registered. I'm surprised I haven't heard more from Custer Cyclery and Trails Edge here- as they are on the list. http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-15 ... --,00.html
Some of these discount's could save you the $10 in one quick shot.... Pretty cool!
As one of the main organizations who helped push this bill, perhaps we should be making a larger effort to ensure our membership remembers to enroll as well??
In transition to the northland.
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