RI Residents Cited For Registering Cars In Massachusetts

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WOONSOCKET, Rhode Island (AP) — Officials in Woonsocket say the majority of 176 residents cited for registering their vehicles elsewhere had Massachusetts plates.

Seventy-six percent or 133 of the citations were issued for vehicles garaged in Woonsocket, but registered in Massachusetts. Woonsocket borders Massachusetts, which has a lower excise tax rate.

Officials say violators cheat the city of tax revenue and that it can be harder to identify owners in the event of a crash or crime.

Officials say violators also had registrations in other Rhode Island communities, Connecticut, Florida and other states.

Those found in violation are subject to fines, court fees, registration fees and back taxes.

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