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EPA Allows Scrap Tires to Be Burned as Fuel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will continue to allow tires to be recycled by burning them as fuel by an industrial facility. Supported by SEMA, the decision preserves an important recycling option, which accounts for more than 50% of annual scrap-tire disposals.

North Dakota Vehicle Modifications Bill Amended and Approved by Transportation Committee

A bill in the North Dakota State Legislature to severely restrict the modification of any motor vehicle that alters the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system has been amended and approved by the House Transportation Committee.

Connecticut Introduces Bill to Restrict Access to Antique Vehicle Registration

Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “antique, rare or special-interest motor vehicles” has been introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly. Under the SEMA-opposed bill, vehicles seeking registration under these classes would be required to be at least 25 years old.

SEMA, Hobbyists Claim Victory on Washington Collector License Plates Bill

Legislation that originally sought to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “collector vehicles” was amended and approved by the Washington House Transportation Committee. Under the amended bill, vehicles seeking registration as collector vehicles and the one-time registration fee would only be required to be at least 30 years old—not 40 years old as the original bill required.

New Mexico Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Approved by Senate 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 Senate Transportation Committee. The bill will now be considered by the Senate Finance Committee.

Oregon Reintroduces Bill to Limit Suspension/Tire Alterations

SEMA is opposing a bill in the Oregon legislature that would severely limit vehicle suspension, body lift and wheel/tire alterations. Specifically, the measure would ban vehicles whose bumpers are elevated more than 3 in. over the original manufactured bumper clearance.

SEMA-Model Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Approved by Washington Senate

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles was approved unanimously by the Washington State Senate. The bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 30 years old and manufactured after 1948.

Did You Know: SEMA Hot Rod Bill

      There may be nothing more American than a hot rod! As the rest of the world continues to adopt elements of our unique cultural identity, there are few things left that are truly American. Classic hot rods and musclecars are 100% American made. Unfortunately, these vehicles have long struggled to find their place in the law. Too often, a lack of knowledge and experience on the part of legislators has led to bad laws that negatively impact our industry and the hobby. However, the staff and membership of SEMA and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) can have a direct impact on safeguarding the tradition of hot rodding in America.

SEMA Member News—March/April 2011

  SEMA’s government affairs team has developed a model bill to protect hot rodding for current and future generations

West Virginia Bill to Lower Personal Property Taxes on Antique Motor Vehicles Approved by Transportation Committee

Legislation in the West Virginia Legislature to provide owners of antique motor vehicles with a fair and equitable personal property tax assessment was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee.

Washington Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Approved by Transportation Committee; Moves to Senate Floor

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles was approved unanimously by the Washington State Senate Transportation Committee.
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