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EPA to Streamline Process for Approving Vehicle Fuel Conversions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a streamlined process for manufacturers for approving fuel conversion systems. The conversion systems allow light- and heavy-duty vehicles to run on alternative fuels (natural gas, propane, alcohol, electricity, etc.) while complying with Clean Air Act emissions standards.

Regulators Setting CO2 Emissions Standards for Future Cars and Trucks

Just months after establishing mileage and emissions standards for model year (MY) 2012–2016 cars and light trucks, the Obama Administration has begun work on even stronger rules for 2017 and beyond. Last week, President Obama directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions of conventional pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides.

Employers Must Notify Workers About Any Hexavalent Chromium Exposure

Effective June 15, 2010, employers are required to notify their workers when there is any hexavalent chromium present in the workplace, even when it is below the permissible exposure limit (PEL).

The Workday Lawmakers, Weekend Enthusiasts in Your State

In its daily efforts to promote and protect the auto hobby, SEMA continues to partner with lawmakers across the country through the State Automotive Leadership Caucus. Celebrating its five-year anniversary, the caucus is a bipartisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles. Supported by SEMA's Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C., the caucus serves to raise the motor-vehicle hobby's profile in the state legislatures and in the public's eyes. [Read more

Bill to Increase Fees for Antiques, Street Rods and Special-Interest Vehicles Defeated

Working with the SEMA Action Network (SAN), SEMA convinced Kansas legislators to delete provisions from a revenue bill that increased the fees on antiques, street rods and special-interest vehicles. The language sought to raise the registration fees on these vehicles, including a $10 increase on January 1, 2013, and another $10 increase on January 1, 2014.

Pro-Hobbyist Vermont Inoperable Vehicle Bill Becomes Law

SEMA-supported legislation to provide an exemption to automotive hobbyists from the restrictions on salvage yards was signed into law by Vermont  Governor Jim Douglas. The new law increases the regulation of salvage yards and automobile graveyards in the state, but includes a provision stipulating that hobbyists are not to be confused with the owners of automobile graveyards.

Easy Access to Legislation/Regulation Critical to Your Business

SEMA places a wealth of legislative/regulatory information at your fingertips to help your business succeed. All of the material can be accessed through the government affairs page on the SEMA website: www.sema.org. The legislative and regulatory materials are also posted on the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website (www.semasan.com) as a way to involve your customers, the enthusiast community.

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Lawmakers Pursue Tougher Vehicle Safety Rules

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to strengthen the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and to mandate new automaker safety standards. A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee is holding a hearing on the bill which was introduced in response to the massive number of recalled vehicles by the Toyota Motor Corporation.

California Assembly Approves Increase in Number of "Specially Constructed" Vehicles; Bill Moves to Senate

The California State Assembly voted to approve legislation to increase the registration limit for exempted specially constructed vehicle (kit car) registrations from 500 to 750 vehicles per year. The bill will next move to the Senate for consideration, where it is likely to have a much tougher journey. Current law provides for emissions-system certification and a model-year designation for specially constructed vehicles.

California Bill to Increase "Specially Constructed" Class From 500 to 750 Vehicles Per Year Approved by Appropriations Committee

Legislation (A.B. 1740) in the California Assembly to increase the registration limit for exempted specially constructed vehicle (kit car) registrations from 500 to 750 vehicles per year was approved by the Appropriations Committee. The bill will next move to the floor of the Assembly for a vote by all members. Under current California policy, specially constructed vehicles that do not receive one of the 500 sequence numbers are subject to a "muddied" titling, registration and smog-check process.
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