As it stands right now, when someone goes down to the DMV and voluntarily registers (Regis – comes from a king) their automobile to get a title and plates, they unknowingly convert the auto into a motor vehicle and in doing so, a commercial carrier.
Here is the proof, as this is taken directly from the WISCONSIN TITLE & LICENSE PLATE APPLICATION:
Certification. All parties certify with their signature that to the best of their knowledge the information and statements on this application are true and correct. The prior owner’s odometer statement has been shown to the applicant and a copy of this completed application including odometer statement has been furnished the applicant. COMMERCIAL CARRIERS – I further certify knowledge of applicable federal and state motor carrier safety rules, regulations, standards and orders, and declare that all operations will be conducted in compliance with such requirements. Then there is a big X and a place to sign.
I know people will say, well I am not a ‘commercial carrier’ and that doesn’t apply to me. Guess again! There wasn’t a check off place for such exclusion to that certification and it was done that way on purpose. The STATE could have one application for people with private autos and another for commercial carriers, but they do not.
Here is why: Just for fun, try to find the definition of just the word “passenger” in any State Motor Vehicle Code? I’ve personally asked five different State DMVs to show me where I can find this definition amongst their Codes and none of them have it. Why? Because this would expose the trickery the DMVs have played on people’s ignorance to get them to voluntarily register their non-passenger private autos as “motor vehicles”.
“driving” and “operating” are commercial terms and are being used to designate such activity on unknowing people via the statutes (not laws) whom then are only recognized as a “person” (which is a legal entity) so that the government entities (which are corporations) may tax, regulate and control this activity.
Definition of “driver” from Bouvier’s Law Dictionary 1914 ed., Pg. 940
One employed in conducting a coach, carriage, wagon, or other vehicle
Definition of “passenger” from Black’s Law Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Pg. 1280. One carried for hire or reward, as distinguished from a “guest” who is one carried gratuitously…
Definition of “motor vehicle” in the U.S. Codes is: The term “motor vehicle” means every description of carriage or other contrivance propelled or drawn by mechanical power and used for commercial purposes on the highways in the transportation of passengers, passengers and property, or property or cargo. TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 2 > § 31(6)
Definition of (10) Used for commercial purposes — The term “used for commercial purposes” means the carriage of persons or property for any fare, fee, rate, charge or other consideration, or directly or indirectly in connection with any business, or other undertaking intended for profit.