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Texas DMV Halts Revocation of Titles, Will Form Group to Study Dune Buggy Legality

Posted December 14, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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After an extensive lobbying effort by dune buggy and kit car owners, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has put a halt to revoking dune buggy titles and will launch an official working group charged with evaluating the thicket of state and federal regulations regarding assembled vehicles.

As Jeremiah Kuntz, the director of vehicle titles and registration for the department, told the department’s board of directors at its quarterly meeting Thursday morning, the array of statutes, regulations, and administrative rules regarding the titling of dune buggies – on both the state and federal levels – is far more complex than it initially seems.

At the heart of the issue, Kuntz pointed out, is the fact that Texas Administrative Rule 217.3 (6) – adopted as early as April 2014 – specifically prohibits the titling and licensing of dune buggies even though “there’s no current definition” for dune buggies and “there’s no easy way to define” them.

Texans' legal battles for sand rails and dune buggies has just begun, but is shaping up in their favor.

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12/14/2017 12:32 PM

Happy to read that sanity might prevail in this case . . . .

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12/14/2017 1:43 PM

Amen brother....

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12/14/2017 11:27 PM

Given that they started from

" dune buggies were banned although there is no way to define them"

I guess the only move is towards sanity but I am not optimistic about getting there.

In the UK there has been endless debate and tweaks of legislation over "Dangerous Dogs". Certain breeds were banned but without adequate means of identifying them so owners could claim they were crossbreeds or not pure or etc.

The problem as always is that its the owners who cause the problems. A lady was recently jailed for letting her dog escape and bit 12 children. However the woman's partner who trained it to be more aggressive got off scot free!

The same comment probably led to the dune buggy some irresponsible driver harming themself; others or damaging the environment

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12/28/2017 3:16 PM

"In the UK there has been endless debate and tweaks of legislation over "Dangerous Dogs". Certain breeds were banned but without adequate means of identifying them so owners could claim they were crossbreeds or not pure or etc.

The problem as always is that its the owners who cause the problems. A lady was recently jailed for letting her dog escape and bit 12 children. However the woman's partner who trained it to be more aggressive got off scot free!"

And therein lies the rub: Defining "Dangerous dogs" by breed has as much legal and scientific standing as defining "Dangerous humans" by skin tone.

NO dog breed is inherently dangerous, it's all about how the dog was raised and trained. A doberman or mastiff can be a wonderful addition to a family if raised and trained with love. A toy poodle left outdoors and trained with a 2x4 across the head will grow up to be a vicious "junkyard dog."

I never blame the dog, I blame the owner or trainer.

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12/15/2017 11:46 AM

Meanwhile back-at-the-ranch pick-up truck size ATV 4-wheelers & converted jeep deer-hunter (safari) wagons go unregulated. I have lived in this dear State of Texas for nearly 50 years I can't explain it to myself let alone anybody else.

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