A woman in Christchurch revealed on talk radio that she avoids $120 car-licence registration fees by registering her vehicle as a “non-commercial hearse,” sparking a surge in similar licences. Such hearses are allowed if they’re used to ferry dead animals, and the woman justifed the move by arguing she brings frozen chicken home from stores. A government spokesman warned the practice is illegal: “A hearse is used to convey coffins, not groceries.”
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