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West Virginia Reintroduces Bill to Exempt Antique Motor Vehicles From Taxes and Fees 

SEMA is supporting a bill in the West Virginia State Legislature to provide owners of antique motor vehicles with an exemption from taxation and fees. The bill is pending in the House Roads and Transportation Committee for consideration. West Virginia law defines an "antique motor vehicle" to mean any motor vehicle that is more than 25 years old and is owned solely as a collector's item. 

Virginia Bill Threatens Increased Taxes on Vehicle Restoration Projects  

SEMA-opposed legislation has been introduced in the Virginia State Legislature that threatens to provide localities with the authority to raise from $100 to $500 the amount they may charge for an annual license tax for vehicles that do not display current license plates and are not exempted from this requirement.

Tell Congress What Matters Most to You! Join Industry Leaders in Washington, D.C., May 9 for the 2012 SEMA Washington Rally

Pursuing a pro-growth manufacturing and job creation agenda, creating access to small business loans and credit, finding affordable health insurance options for employees, countering burdensome vehicle equipment regulations and combating counterfeit products are just a few of the political issues facing SEMA members during this critical election year.

Feds Delay Rule That Companies Must Display "Employee Rights" Poster

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) postponed the start date for a rule requiring employers to display a poster informing workers of their right to unionize and bargain collectively. The rule is now scheduled to take effect April 30, 2012.

SEMA Sets July 13 as "Collector Car Appreciation Day"

SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils this year announced July 13, 2012, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The date marks the third commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

SEMA Sets July 13th as “Collector Car Appreciation Day”

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils this year announced July 13, 2012 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”  The date marks the third commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.  SEMA and its councils are again working to secure a Congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance.  The industry endeavors to preserve our nation’s automotive heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide.  Collector Car Appreciation Day is a singular tribute to the collector car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.

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Contact: Della Domingo 
909/978-6723 
dellad@sema.org  

 SEMA SETS JULY 13th AS "COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY"
Annual Event Acknowledges Importance of Collection and Restoration of Classic Cars

Maximum Daily Hours for Truckers Set at 11 Hours Under New DOT Rule

Truck drivers may be on the road up to 11 hours daily but must take a minimum break of at least 30 minutes after eight hours under a new rule issued by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Federal Government Clarifies Tire Fuel Efficiency Test Procedure

In March 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final rule establishing test procedures to be used by tire manufacturers when rating the fuel economy, safety and durability characteristics of replacement tires.

SEMA Keeps You Current on Legislative Proposals in the U.S./Canada

With the new year comes new legislative initiatives across the United States and Canada to be closely tracked and analyzed by SEMA’s government affairs office. Every year association staff screens thousands of bills and identifies hundreds that may be of interest to member companies and enthusiasts. The most pressing of these bills result in Action Alerts being shot out to members and highlighted in SEMA News and the SEMA Action Network’s monthly publication, Driving Force.

Auto Regulations | Federal Regulation of Aftermarket Pars

The materials below describe how motor vehicle parts are regulated by the federal government. It is generally presented in a question/answer format, with links to resources for more information.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is current at the time of posting and will be updated periodically as warranted, however, manufacturers should always consult the latest published regulations for any recent changes.

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