Sec. 105.(a) "Motor vehicle" means, except as otherwise provided in this section, a vehicle that is self-propelled. The term does not include a farm tractor, an implement of agriculture designed to be operated primarily in a farm field or on farm premises, or an electric personal assistive mobility device.
(b) "Motor vehicle", for purposes of IC 9-21, means:
(1) a vehicle except a motorized bicycle that is self-propelled; or
(2) a vehicle that is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires, but not operated upon rails.
(c) "Motor vehicle", for purposes of IC 9-19-10.5 and IC 9-25, means a vehicle that is self-propelled upon a highway in Indiana. The term does not include a farm tractor.
(d) "Motor vehicle", for purposes of IC 9-30-10, does not include a motorized bicycle.
(e) "Motor vehicle", for purposes of IC 9-23-2 and IC 9-23-3, includes a semitrailer.
Drivers licensing and traffic tickets for traveling in the family automobile are scams. Basically because the family automobile does not come under the jurisidiction of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The BMV is a limited jurisidiction administrative agency for regulating "motor vehicles". A "motor vehicle" is defined at "IC 8-2.1-17-11 to mean a truck, a tractor, a trailer, a semitrailer, a motor bus or another self-propelled or motor driven vehicle that is operated upon a public highway for the purpose of transporting persons or property for hire". Where is the family automobile described in the definition? Nowhere if you can read!
People might be suprised to learn that when they register the family automobile at the BMV it is registered not as such but instead is registered
as a "motor vehicle" used to tranport people or property "for hire". Therefore the police officer presumes you are operating a "motor vehicle" instead of traveling in your family automobile and that you can be issued traffic tickets accordingly.
The ticket summons issued by the BMV is defective as it is not signed by the clerk and prosecutor as required by law. However the ticket summons is a "promise to appear". The "promise to appear" is fulfilled by filing in the court a motion to dismiss the ticket summons for insuffiency of service and for the court's lack of subject matter juridiction. Driving a "motor vehicle
is a privilege granted by the BMV. Traveling in the family automobile is a common right. A distinction that can be made at law if one is willing. Any takers?