Trailer law shows how TN law breathes travel-transportation distinction

People who rent trailers like this one must register it as a motor vehicle in Tennessee because it is used in commerce and is subject to regulation. Private trailers, however, are not motor vehicles and not subject to police power. (Photo Wye Valley Firewood)

A Tennessee law regulating trailers towed behind cars and trucks gives proof once again of the travel — transportation distinction in which the free people of Tennessee will find their liberation from the police state as it operates on the road.

By David Tulis / 92.7 NoogaRadio

The law holds that people who rent out trailers are in the transportation business and must register their trailers as motor vehicles with state government through their local clerks.

This statute verifies a main point of our analysis. And that is that it is the activity of commerce that creates the liability of the person on the road — a liability and duty to the state and its administration and highway patrol..

It is the activity that is taxable. If one is involved in the activity, one must show proof of the tax having been paid, and all other proper obeisances to the state in the exercise of its grant of a state privilege. The privilege is the use of the road for private profit and a gain, using the roads in a for-hire capacity. That is the regulable activity subject to commercial government.

Trailers not used on the road as for-hire rentals are not subject to the registration requirement. In other words, if you have a little trailer with which you haul wood and your kids’ bikes on a Sunday outing at Prentice Cooper park or up on the riding trails at the Volkswagen site, you are not required to register the trailer as a motor vehicle.

The general rule of our liberties is that if we are not involved in the for-hire use of a car or truck as a commercial motor vehicle for private profit gain on the road, we are free.

We are not bound.

We are able to move about with our persons and property without state permission, license, or any demands that we show proof of a tax’s having been paid. The only problem is, however, that law enforcement agencies enforce the law as if all travel, all use of the road, is subject to police power.

Intrastate and interstate commerce

Here’s the law on trailers.

Each person engaged in the business of renting trailers of any description to others for a consideration may register each trailer, for a period of ten (10) years, and annually pay the registration fee; provided, that every owner of automobile utility trailers engaged in the business of leasing such trailers in interstate as well as intrastate commerce shall register with the commissioner that the person is so engaged in the business of leasing such trailers in interstate as well as intrastate commerce,   *** [A]ll such trailers properly identified as belonging to the registered person and licensed in any state, territory, province, country or the District of Columbia shall be permitted to operate in this state on an interstate and intrastate basis. For the purpose of interstate and intrastate reciprocal provisions of this chapter, the utility trailers shall be classified the same as private passenger automobiles and extended the same privileges. ***

Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-4-111 Registration fees — Classification of vehicles — Registration taxes.

State laws at every point makes the distinction between travel and its subcategory, transportation / freight / shipping. The distinction crops up in odd places.

One who has registered an antique car with the Tennessee department of safety cannot use it for transportation (using the road for hire) except on Saturdays and Sundays and during federal holidays. If he uses the antique car for transportation on weekdays, he forfeits his antique status.

Any person violating this section, or operating an antique motor vehicle for general transportation purposes on a day other than Saturday or Sunday or a federal holiday, shall forfeit the antique motor vehicle registration, shall be liable for the regular registration fee for that vehicle, and shall be barred from applying for or holding antique motor vehicle registration for five (5) years from the date of the violation.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-4-111(b)(C)(3)

City of Chattanooga, Sheriff Jim Hammond and others are under notice about this important distinction between travel and transportation. It’s transportation administrative notice. Just look it up online for use in Tennessee.

Transportation is subject to regulation. Private travel is not. What’s operating in Tennessee is a deep state claim upheld by officials, lawyers and judges who reject the rights of the people and keep them under a continual thralldom and state of victimhood.

What shall it take to throw off this oppressive system?

The David Tulis show is 1 p.m. weekdays, live and lococentric.


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