Your summary is how I have come to understand the current status (current, since laws can be changed). I use antique plates myself but am considering regular tags in case those give me any extra leeway later. I don't use my truck but once a week to keep the fluids moving or for actual haulage.So if I understand this correctly, if you currently have an MV (or purchase one in the near future) and put regular tags on it before 12-31-2018, you are good to go? It's only after the December 2018 cut off that the (much) more restrictive plates become the only option?
It's posted in this thread, supposedly, the VaSP rep stated that "no MV is going to pass inspection in Va." Which I interpet to mean that you may have regular tags on your MV now but when it comes up for inspection, it won't pass (no matter what) and you'll either have to buy the more restrictive tags or pull your truck off the road.