Nov. 4, 2008
 
Mini-Truck Use by Huntington Studied by Legislature
Woman in Farmington Told They’re for Farm Use
 
By Tony Rutherford
Huntingtonnews.net Reporter
 
Huntington, WV (HNN) – The West Virginia Legislature -- specifically the Committee on Road and Transportation -- has undertaken a report on findings, conclusion and recommendations regarding use of mini-trucks, said Captain Mike Wilson, director of the Huntington Municipal Parking Board.
 
Wilson told HNN in an email that House Concurrent Resolution No. 76 authorized the joint committee on Government and Finance to , in his words, “study the feasibility of providing for the motor vehicle registration and licensing of mini trucks for restricted use on public roads and highways.” The committee must report back on the first day of the 2009 legislature.
 
Local legislators on the committee are Delegate Kelli Sobonya and Sen. Evan Jenkins. Wilson has been working with Jenkins and DMV Commissioner Joseph Cicchirillo on the city’s use of the vehicles for parking meter enforcement.
 
DMV Commissioner Cicchirillo has expressed “no opposition to Huntington utilizing the vehicles for our limited purposes,” Wilson said.
 
However, apparently after one or more residents in other parts of the state attempted to obtain mini-truck licenses for limited road use, at least one Huntington vehicle has now been limited to off-streets use, such as within the parking garages, according to Mayor David Felinton.
 
Cicchirillo told Wilson that a “legislative change… would be the proper forum for final resolution.”
 
HNN received an email from Sharon Lockhart of Farmington in which she told of attempting to get a title for her min-truck in that city. As it stands now, Ms. Lockhart was told the vehicles were “subject to the same laws as any farm implement, which means that I may use on on the roads as long as I am not going more than 25 miles from my home, as long as they have the proper sized letters on them stating that they are ‘Farm Use Only implements,” Lockhart wrote. “I am waiting for a copy of the ‘Farm Use’ laws to be more aware of my rights to drive this truck on our local highways.”
 
Still prior to the reconsideration by DMV, Capt. Wilson “attempted to follow the letter of the law,” meaning “there has never been a time [on his watch] that the vehicles were utilized without proper State license, title, inspection and insurance.” Wilson acknowledged that since the initial approvals continuing questions surfaced which led to “immediately discontinuing use of these vehicles when made aware of remaining questions that needed resolution by the Legislature.”
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