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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.


Contact: Della Domingo 

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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Congressional Panel Approves Bill Requiring Cost-Benefit Review of Regulation

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved a SEMA-supported bill aimed at reducing the cost of burdensome regulations on business owners and job creators. The “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011” would require federal agencies to conduct a cost-benefit analysis when issuing new rules.

Hopperstad Customs Hosts Congressional District Visit in Illinois

Each August, members of Congress spend the month in their districts meeting select businesses and organizations to learn more about how policies crafted in Washington directly affect homegrown industries.

Feds Issue Preliminary Finding That Certain Chinese Steel Wheels Are Being Dumped in U.S.

The U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA) has issued a preliminary finding that certain steel wheels from China are being sold at less than fair value in the United States. The subject wheels range from 18 to 24.5 in. in diameter, and include rims and discs whether imported as an assembly or separately.

SEMA Urges Federal Government to Require Mandatory Salt Replenishment Program for Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) is a national treasure and unique resource of international significance central to the history of motorsports. Since the first speed record attempts in 1914, hundreds of land speed records have been set and broken at the BSF in a variety of automotive and motorcycle classes. For decades, the Salt Flats have decreased in size, strength and thickness because salt has been removed by an adjoining potash mining operation and not adequately replaced.

Bipartisan Bill Allowing Low-Volume Production of Specialty Cars Introduced in U.S. Congress

Congressman John Campbell (R-CA) has introduced a bipartisan bill, supported by SEMA, to enable low-volume car manufacturers to provide a range of specialty vehicles for customers nationwide. The legislation directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a regulatory structure to facilitate the production of these cars.
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