REDDING, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol is making sure that people trying to avoid paying California's vehicle registration fee by keeping their out-of-state plates pay them. And they are using the public as a tool.
In 2004 the CHP created a website called "Cheaters."
Cheaters stands for "Californians Help Eliminate All The Evasive Registration Scofflaws."
CHP officials said the state loses about $10 million a year because people either aren't registering their cars when they move here or they are registering their cars in neighboring states to save money.
In Redding alone, $200,100 were recovered last year.
"Oregon has relatively inexpensive registration, a lot of people will register in Oregon and then live in California," said CHP Officer Mark Redding. "When people don't register their vehicles they're evading registration fees which help provide services and some of the infrastructure for California."
Which is why CHP is asking the public to turn in those registration cheaters. The criteria is drivers must trade in their out of state plates for California plates within 20 days of starting a job or moving to the state.
Once a report is filed, officers will investigate to make sure the person isn't exempt.
For more information you can go to: http://www.chp.ca.gov/prog/cheaters.cgi