Automotive Legislation

Washington Enacts Law to Exempt Restoration and Custom Shops From Written Estimate Requirement

A SEMA-supported bill to exempt restoration and custom shops from the requirement that they provide written estimates for the repair of any vehicle that qualifies for a “horseless carriage” or “collector vehicle” license plate or is a “parts car,” “street rod” or “custom vehicle” was signed into law by Governor Chris Gregoire. Effective January 1, 2013, the new law will allow restoration and custom shops to bill at least every two weeks on a time-and-materials basis.

Congressional District Site Visit Program Cruises Into Northern Michigan

The 2010 Congressional elections provided a sweeping change throughout the country. More than 70 new members of Congress were elected, and control of the House of Representatives switched parties. SEMA members in northern Michigan recently had the opportunity to meet their new representative, Congressman Dan Benishek, during a SEMA-sponsored Congressional District Site Visit at Classic Instruments.

Law and Order

Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

HRIA’s Growing Impact on Legislation That Affects Your Business

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilHot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) companies are among the leaders in being actively involved in legislation and regulations related to the automotive industry. The best way to get involved is to stay informed about legislation in the state you live in. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) provides up-to-date information on legislation impacting the industry and the automotive hobby. The SAN is a partnership of enthusiasts, vehicle clubs and members of the automotive specialty-equipment industry who have joined forces to promote hobby-friendly legislation and oppose unfair laws.

Law and Order

Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

Hawaii Introduces SEMA Model Bill to Protect Hobbyists From Unfair Exhaust Noise Citations

SEMA-model legislation that would allow vehicle hobbyists to install and
use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet an objective noise
limit was introduced in the Hawaii State Legislature. Car owners would
be issued a certificate of compliance if the exhaust system emitted no
more than 95 decibels in a fair and predictable test.

West Virginia Bill to Limit Property Taxes Paid on Antique Motor Vehicles Approved by Committee

SEMA is supporting legislation in the West Virginia State Legislature to
provide owners of antique motor vehicles with a cap on property taxes
paid on antique motor vehicles. The bill was approved by the House Roads
and Transportation Committee and will now be considered by the House
Finance Committee.

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