SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 20, May 19, 2011

With Time Running Out in Legislative Session, Texas Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Not Yet Considered by Senate

SEMA-model legislation that would 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. The bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. The measure also allows for the use of non-original materials and creates a titling and registration criterion that assigns these vehicles the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. However, with time running out on the 2011 Texas legislative session, the bill has not yet had a hearing and vote by the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill must also pass a vote by the full Texas Senate before being sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.   

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