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Ohio Bill to Expand Use of Historical Vehicles Signed Into Law

Legislation to amend the state’s current law defining historical motor vehicles to permit their use on public roads to and from a location where maintenance is performed was signed into law by Governor John Kasich.

EPA Issues Final Tier 3 Emissions and Fuel Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued tougher tailpipe and evaporative emissions standards known as “Tier 3.” Reduced tailpipe emissions standards for particulate matter, non-methane organic gases and nitrogen oxides will be phased-in between 2017 and 2025, and the useful life period will be raised from 120,000 miles to 150,000 miles.

Obama Administration Seeks to Strengthen Patent Procedures, Address Patent Trolls

The White House announced progress on a series of initiatives intended to strengthen the patent system, make it easier for small businesses to file applications and combat patent trolls. Among other actions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is drafting regulations to make recorded patent owner information more transparent to the public.

Michigan Bill Providing License Plate Exemption to Historic Military Vehicles Approved by House; Sent to Governor

Legislation to exempt historic military vehicles from the requirement that they display a license plate unless the vehicle was originally manufactured with lighting and mounting provisions for a plate was approved by the full House of Representatives.

Ohio Bill to Expand Use of Historical Vehicles Approved by House; Moves to Governor

Legislation to amend the state’s current law defining historical motor vehicles to permit their use on public roads to and from a location where maintenance is performed was approved by the full House of Representatives.

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs EPA’s Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases From Smokestacks

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits one dozen states and a number of industrial groups against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on whether the agency has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases from stationary sources. 

Technical Report Evaluates Curtain and Side Airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has compiled a technical report evaluating the fatality-reducing effectiveness of curtain and side airbags in the front seats of light-duty vehicles.

NHTSA Public Meeting on Driver Distraction Guidelines for Aftermarket Devices

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold a public meeting March 12 in Washington, D.C., on developing guidelines covering aftermarket devices that risk driver distraction.

West Virginia Bill to Permit Remote Starters Approved by Roads and Transportation Committee; Moves to Judiciary Committee

Legislation to provide that a motor vehicle that has been started by use of a remote starter when the vehicle is locked is not an “unattended vehicle” and not in violation of the law was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee.

Washington State Bill to Exempt Collectible Vehicles From Emissions Tests Approved by House; Moves to Senate

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was approved by the Washington State House of Representatives.
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