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« on: March 08, 2007, 11:59:27 am »

SEMA eNews, Vol. 10, No. 10 – March 7, 2007

WHAT NEW LAWS ARE LEGISLATORS PROPOSING FOR YOUR STATE?

Arkansas Historic Vehicles: Legislation that would amend the state’s current law governing historic or special interest vehicles to require that these vehicles be 30 or more years old and pay a $25 registration fee has been introduced in the Arkansas House of Representatives.  Under current Arkansas law, historic vehicles are only required to be 25 years old or older and pay a $7 registration fee.  For more information, visit www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62242. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

California Annual Inspection: SEMA-opposed legislation has been introduced in the California Assembly to require annual Smog check inspections for vehicles 15 years old and older.  The bill would also require that funds generated through the additional inspection fees be deposited into an account which can be used to scrap older cars.  In 2004 a new law was enacted in California to require the lifetime testing of all 1976 and newer model-year vehicles.  Pre-1976 motor vehicles would remain exempt under the measure. For more information, visit www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62246. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org

Illinois Inoperable Vehicles: A bill has been introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives that would further restrict the ability of Illinois vehicle hobbyists from maintaining inoperable vehicles on private property.  The measure would redefine “inoperable motor vehicles” to include vehicles incapable of being lawfully driven on state highways in full accordance with Illinois vehicle laws and expand the definition of inoperable vehicles to include dismantled and unlicensed vehicles.   Under current law, localities may authorize fines and disposal of inoperable vehicles on public and private property. For more information, visit www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62224. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

Iowa HID Headlamps: In what could be the state’s first step in limiting lighting options for motor- vehicle owners, legislation that would prohibit the operation of motor vehicles equipped with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps has been introduced in the Iowa State Legislature.   The bill would subject vehicle owners to a $20 fine. Among other things, the bill ignores the fact that HID headlamps that meet applicable photometry standards are not prohibited by Federal law and should not be restricted in Iowa; requires owners of vehicles currently equipped with HID headlamps (including those purchased with this equipment from a dealership) to remove these lamps; ignores the fact that legal HID headlamps must meet the same intensity requirements for glare as headlamps have had to meet for the last 30 years. For more information,  visit www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62248. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

Iowa Antique Vehicles: Legislation that would amend the state’s current law governing antique motor vehicles to permit their occasional use for up to 1,000 miles per year has been introduced in the Iowa Senate. Under current Iowa, use of antique vehicles is strictly limited to exhibitions or educational purposes. This SEMA–supported bill would provide Iowa citizens the opportunity to enjoy occasional recreational driving in addition to the other sanctioned uses. The measure provides added incentive to owners of qualifying antique vehicles (25 years old or older) to register as “antique” thereby reducing registration fees. Antique vehicles are only required to pay a $5 annual registration fee and may display model-year registration plates. For more information, visit www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62225. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

Kentucky Inoperable Vehicles: A bill has been introduced in the Kentucky Legislature that would overturn existing hobbyist protections for inoperable vehicles, including parts cars that are stored out of ordinary public view on private property.  The existing law, which was enacted in 2005 and now threatened, is based on SEMA model legislation and was enacted with the support of the hobbyist community in Kentucky. Unfortunately, the new bill would reverse the existing law and allow local governments to impose more restrictive standards against project cars.  For more information, visit www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62237. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

Massachusetts Exhaust Noise: After being stalled for the last several years, a bill to ban the sale or installation of “an exhaust system which has been modified in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the exhaust” has been reintroduced in Massachusetts. The bill excludes limited-use “antique motor cars” from its scope—a clear attempt by the bill’s sponsor to divide the automobile hobby in an effort to gain clearer sailing for this restrictive and damaging piece of legislation. The measure has been referred to the Joint Transportation Committee.  For more information, visit www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62241. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

Minnesota Racetrack Noise: Legislation that would increase the number of facilities that would qualify for an exemption from civil lawsuits based on racetrack noise has been introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate. Under the bills, racetracks that were in operation on or before July 1, 1996 would qualify from the exemption, but would still be subject to regulation by local government. For more information, visit www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62239. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

Minnesota Off-Road Trucks: Legislation that would limit modified 4x4 trucks to minimally maintained roads and to the area specifically designated for their use has been reintroduced in Minnesota Legislature. These bills would severely restrict 4x4 truck access to Minnesota hobbyists by prohibiting use of "trails," including those designated south of Highway 2 and those north of Highway 2 that are currently open to off-road use.  The measures define 4x4 trucks as four-wheeled motor vehicles manufactured to operate on public roads and subsequently modified with special tires, suspension or other equipment. For more information, visit www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62245. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

West Virginia Antique Vehicles: Legislation that would amend the state’s current law governing antique motor vehicles to permit their use for “occasional recreational driving” has been introduced in the West Virginia House of Representatives. Under current West Virginia law, use of antique vehicles is strictly limited to club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, testing, obtaining repairs and for recreational purposes only on Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. This bill will provide West Virginia citizens the opportunity to enjoy recreational driving on weekdays in addition to the other sanctioned uses. The legislation provides added incentive to owners of qualifying antique vehicles (more than 25-years old) to register as “antique” thereby reducing registration fees.  Antique vehicles are only required to pay a $2 annual registration fee. For more information, visit www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62240. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

Wyoming Street Rods/Customs: Prior to the Legislature’s adjournment, SEMA model legislation to create vehicle titling and registration classifications for street rods and custom vehicles was approved by the full Wyoming House of Representatives and the Senate Transportation Committee.  Due to time restrictions, the bill was not considered by the full Senate and will have to be reintroduced in 2008. The bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. Under the measure, kit cars and replica vehicles will be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. 
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2007, 06:43:23 pm »

In New York, http://www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62222 the legilature is considering a lwa to require teh removal of grille guards.
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