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Old 01-16-2012, 08:23 PM
 
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i was driving my van yesterday and got stopped in near suburban bedford park by what turned out to be a cook county sheriff. I figured it was late and mabey he figured i was drunk cause i didnt use my signal at a light. ok fair enough, but he was quite a professional man and stated that my vehicle has the "wrong plates" on it. I didnt comprehend. My van is a 1997 ford e350 cargo van with current il plates and up to date sticker. My class plates are class b truck. The officer stated that my vehicle needs class "D" plates. He didnt write me a ticket but told me to contact the secretary of state to get these "d" plates. He then drove off, gave my license back and said have a nice night. So here i am thinking of a few things.... A- he thought i was drunk and mabey wanted to check then made up some nonsense and let me go because i was not drunk. B- i really do have the wrong plates. What is the difference between class b and class d? If there was a problem with my plates, wouldnt the secretary of state correct the issue by sending me some new registration letters or give me some info about this?
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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What is the difference between class b and class d? If there was a problem with my plates, wouldnt the secretary of state correct the issue by sending me some new registration letters or give me some info about this?
Sorry about your inconvenience. I don't know the difference between class b, and class d plates. But, if I were you, I'd call, or better yet, go straight to sec. state, and see what they have to say. Maybe it's just a misunderstanding. Good luck.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:50 PM
 
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If your vehicle is 8001 GVWR or more, you need Class D.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:03 PM
 
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If your vehicle is 8001 GVWR or more, you need Class D.
An 8 ton van? You'd need a CDL to drive that thing, for sure. May even wanna throw in a set of chocks, and a couple of placards for good measure. Not to mention air brakes, and a rear view back-up video camera. What's it run on... diesel? Sheesh!

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Old 01-17-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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update,,,,,,,,, the secretary of state stated that about 6-7 years ago i should have received D class plates because the law changed. i guess years ago that 8000 lb threshold was higher so heavy duty cargo vans were still classified as class b. Now 8000 and higher is class d. I looked up my vin and discovered my van is categorized as 8000 - 10,000 gvw which means i need class d. However, based on some weird clerical error i was still receiving my license plate renewal as class b without the secretary of state ever catching it. Lucky me, now my plate sticker is an extra $30 a year... wtf only in illnois. I was eye balling trucks and vans all day and did catch that vehicles rated as the 3500 series cargo van or pick up truck have class d. i also spotted that 1500 and 2500 series cargo vans and pick ups are still class b. I guess i never paid attention before.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:40 PM
 
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a friend of mine has a long extended ford passenger van called the ford econoline "clubwagon" which is basically the exact same thing as mine, but because it has seats and windows, its only needs passenger class license plates. Only in illinois!
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:09 AM
 
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An 8 ton van? You'd need a CDL to drive that thing, for sure. May even wanna throw in a set of chocks, and a couple of placards for good measure. Not to mention air brakes, and a rear view back-up video camera. What's it run on... diesel? Sheesh!
Last time I checked a ton is 2000 lbs
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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Last time I checked a ton is 2000 lbs
Your so correct. Terrible math skills here. But, even a 4 ton van would be a tank to drive. Would you agree?
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:52 PM
 
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Your so correct. Terrible math skills here. But, even a 4 ton van would be a tank to drive. Would you agree?
that's the weight rating. not the actual weight of the vehicle.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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You are correct. That's why I made sure to include the GVWR when I wrote 8001 lbs GVWR.
Gross vehicle weight rating - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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