Long lines, several hours in the heat, waiting months for tags to come in the mail - the saga at the Shelby County Clerk’s Office continues.
And now the office in Whitehaven is closed because the air conditioning is out.
“This is crazy. They don’t even say when it’s going to be open. It just says closed,” said Salisa Gamble.
Car after car drove up to the Motor Vehicle Registration and Renewals Shelby County Clerk’s Office in Whitehaven on July 8, only to find out the office was closed because the air conditioner wasn’t working.
”My only day off, I try to come up here, find out that they closed. And now I don’t know when the next time I can come up here again,” said Rico Davis.
”They not even telling people they shut down. People stay over here. This is close to the people area. People don’t have that type of gas,” said Gamble.
Drivers are frustrated they may have to go to one of the clerk’s four other locations to register their car or renew their tags.
”And this right down the street from me. Raleigh. I ain’t nowhere near the places, Millington, Poplar,” said Gamble.
For the last two months, the Shelby County Commission and County Clerk Wanda Halbert have gone back and forth about who is to blame for the long lines and backlog of license plates that need to be mailed out.
”They get our taxpayer money, so why can’t they afford the A/C inside. That’s the problem,” said Carl Chambers.
Mounting issues are putting drivers in a bind.
“I have two vehicles, so my wife, she hasn’t been able to drive the vehicle as far as getting to work. And we have to deal with one car because of the tag,” said Davis.
”I’m just going to take this car home and park it. That’s the only thing I can do, rather than getting pulled over,” said Gamble.
While you could get pulled over, retired Shelby County Detective Mike Collins said there’s no need to worry.
“Officers have the ability to see that information in the system. In all likelihood, if they can see that in the system, they’re probably not going to pull the vehicle over anyway,” said crime analyst Mike Collins.
If you do get pulled over, Collins suggested having your receipt from the Clerk’s Office as proof.
“The strategy is to try to make sure you try to renew online. That’s one of the most important things to avoid standing in those long lines,” said Collins.
The Memphis Police Department (MPD) told FOX13′s Dominique Dillon that you would not be ticketed if you have renewed your tags and are waiting for them to show up in the mail.
If you can’t register online, there are five clerk’s office locations around the county you can visit, but no word yet on when the one in Whitehaven will reopen.
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