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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.

SEMA Promotes Responsible Use of Ethanol

SEMA has called upon the U.S. Congress to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving forward with its program to allow the ethanol content in gasoline to increase from 10% (E10) to 15% (E15). SEMA worked with lawmakers and senior staff to help secure House approval of an EPA restriction as part of a 2011 federal government funding measure.


Pro-Hobbyist Oklahoma Racing Bill Signed Into Law

Legislation to allow municipalities to issue permits for sanctioned motor-vehicle racing events on public streets and highways within its geographical jurisdiction has been signed into law by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

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.
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