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California Bill to Create “Road-Usage Fee” Pilot Program Approved by Legislature; Goes to Governor

Legislation to establish an advisory committee to study a road-usage fee was approved by the California Assembly and Senate.

Legislation to Restrict Aftermarket Headlamps in North Carolina Defeated

At SEMA’s request, a provision was deleted in North Carolina legislation that would have imposed a fine on any person that equipped a car with headlamps that “change the original design.”

NHTSA Unveils Proposal for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has taken the first step toward requiring vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications in all new light-duty cars. The agency issued a research report and an advance proposed rule to mandate the installation of wireless equipment warning drivers of potential danger. The NHTSA has identified the year 2020 as its target to begin implementing the rule. 

Help SEMA PAC Protect the Industry's Future—Find Out How

Who isn’t frustrated with Washington, D.C., gridlock? While one person can’t change the dysfunction, collectively we can help influence the process. Our industry needs your help.

New Hampshire Bill to Expand Year-of-Manufacture Plates Signed Into Law

Legislation to expand the range of antique motor vehicles eligible to use original year-of-manufacture license plates was signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan. Under previous law, only ’60 and earlier model-year antique vehicles were eligible to use these plates.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill to Reform Endangered Species Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to reform aspects of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The legislation would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release data used to make listings of threatened or endangered animals and plants, require that state data be included in the calculations when making such determinations, report how much money is spent on ESA-related lawsuits and place reasonable caps on attorney fees.

NHTSA to Modify Tire Identification Numbers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed two changes for the tire identification number (TIN) that appears on all new and retreaded motor vehicle tires sold in the United States.

Michigan State Senate Again Proclaims August as “Automotive Heritage Month”

Thanks to the efforts of State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus member Senator Michael Kowall, the Michigan State Senate adopted a resolution commemorating August 2014 as Automotive Heritage Month in the state. This action follows U.S. Senate Resolution 493, which designated July 11, 2014, as Collector Car Appreciation Day and was requested by the SEMA Action Network (SAN) to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

NHTSA Will Not Regulate Tires Based on Age

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not intend to issue a federal safety standard based on tire age. The agency announced its decision in a report entitled, “Tire Aging: A Summary of NHTSA’s Work.” The agency has been studying the issue for many years.

Rhode Island to Create Replica Year of Manufacture License Plates

Legislation to authorize the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles to issue replica year of manufacture plates for antique vehicles was signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee.
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