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Bill to Extend Emissions Exemption for Newer Cars Passed by Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee  

Legislation to extend the emissions inspection waiver for new vehicles has been approved by the Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee. Under the bill, new cars will be exempt for the first three years after their initial registration. The bill also changes the state’s emissions inspection program so that vehicles will only be required to undergo testing every two years.

Illinois Bill to Expand Use of Antique Vehicles Approved by House; Moves to Senate Transportation Committee 

Legislation to provide for an expanded-use antique vehicle registration class that would allow antique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year (April 1 through October 31) has been approved by the full Illinois House of Representatives. Under the bill, expanded-use antiques are limited to traveling to and from car shows, exhibitions, servicing or demonstration during the colder months (November 1 through March 31).

Tennessee Bill to Exempt Certain Older Vehicles From Emissions Tests Signed Into Law

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt vehicles more than 25 years old from the state’s annual emissions inspection and maintenance program was signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. To qualify for the exemption, these vehicles must be registered as “antique motor vehicles.” Antique vehicles are defined as more than 25 years old with a non-modified engine and body that is used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades and similar uses as a collector's item; on the highways for the purpose of selling, testing the operation of or obtaining repairs or maintenance; and for general transportation on Saturday and Sunday.

Texas Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Approved by full House; Moves Next to Senate Transportation Committee

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was approved by the full Texas House of Representatives.

Massachusetts Reintroduces Bill to Ban the Use/Sale of Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

SEMA is opposing a Massachusetts bill to ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emissions of any vehicle, including motorcycles.” An identical bill was introduced in 2009 by the same sponsor and was set aside for study without any committee consideration.

Senate Hearing Scheduled on Nevada Bill to Exempt Hobby Cars from Emissions Tests

SEMA-supported legislation to provide that classic vehicles and classic rods would be exempted from emissions inspections if owners pay a one-time $6 fee and submit a certification that their vehicle will not be driven more than 5,000 miles per year will be considered by the Nevada Senate Transportation Committee.

Oregon Bill to Limit Suspension/Tire Alterations Dies

A SEMA-opposed bill that would have severely limited vehicle suspension, body lift and wheel/tire alterations died without committee consideration. Specifically, H.B. 3147 sought to ban vehicles whose bumpers were elevated more than 3 in. over the original manufactured bumper clearance.

Coalition Formed to Save the Bonneville Salt Flats

A number of prominent organizations have formed the "Save the Salt Coalition" to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) from continued deterioration due to salt brine removal from potash mining.  The Coalition is now working with government officials, mine operators and others to develop a permanent program to replenish the salt.


Stuart Gosswein,
202/783-6007, ext. 30

National Landmark Needs Salt Replenishment Program

Washington State Enacts SEMA Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Bill Into Law

Washington joined the growing list of states to enact SEMA model legislation to amend the vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and create a classification for custom vehicles.. The bill was approved by the Washington State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire.  Under the new law, a street rod is defined as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 30 years old and manufactured after 1948.  Importantly, 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. 


Media Contact:
Della Domingo,
SEMA 909/978-6723

Washington State Enacts SEMA Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Bill Into Law

Tennessee Bill to Exempt Older Vehicles From Emissions Tests Approved by House and Senate; Sent to Governor

Legislation to exempt vehicles more than 25 years old from the state’s annual emissions-inspection and maintenance program was passed by the Tennessee House and Senate.
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