I guess we've got to be careful because this could turn political very quickly...
government came back with a typical knee-jerk reaction
Exactly why the government needs to not be so powerful. Instead of "act" they "react". Things break and no amount of maintenance will prevent that. Just curious, have you got any statistics about the "wheel off" accidents that happened before this new mandatory fine came into play?
If they want to inspect my vehicles for safety that is fine but leave me alone about the rusted out rocker's... unless the gov plans to repair them for me since it was their salt and their brine that caused the rust :) Oh and I'm not paying extra for it. I already pay too much.
OCH, I'm not sure if it is different for your farm since it is considered commercial but for private use there is no tags needed for rigs under a certain weight... it's either 10K or 15K. I don't carry tags on my 16' trailer either.