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Hawaii Approves Resolutions Recognizing “Collector Car Appreciation Day”

Two resolutions have been approved by the Hawaii State Legislature recognizing July 13, 2012 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” Earlier this year, SEMA designated this date to mark the third commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. SEMA is again working to secure a U.S. Congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance.

Effort to Exempt Pre-1981 Vehicles From California’s Emissions Inspection Requirement Dropped for the Year

Legislation (S.B. 1224) to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the ’81 model year from the emissions inspection requirement will not be reconsidered by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee after failing its initial vote.

Court Places Hold on Rule That Companies Must Display 'Employee Rights' Poster

A U.S. District Court has temporarily postponed a rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) instructing employers to display a 11x17-in. poster informing workers of their right to unionize and bargain collectively.

No Duties to Be Imposed Despite Unfairly-Priced Steel Wheels From China

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 6–0 that American industry was not being injured or threatened with injury from certain steel wheels from China that are being sold at less than fair value in the United States.

NHTSA Proposes Brake-Throttle Override System to Prevent Unintended Acceleration

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposal to require the installation of a brake-throttle override (BTO) system on all new passenger cars and light trucks.

Pennsylvania Bill to Provide for Year-of-Manufacture Plates Signed Into Law

SEMA-supported legislation to provide vehicle owners the option of using vintage, original model-year license plates on antique and classic vehicles was signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett.

California Bill to Exempt Pre-1981 Vehicles From Smog Check Fails Committee Vote; Granted Reconsideration

California legislation to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the ’81 model year from the emissions inspection requirement has been granted reconsideration after failing to be approved by a Senate Transportation and Housing Committee vote.

NHTSA Amends Rule Covering Platform Lifts for Motor Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revised the platform lift standards—Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 403 and 404. The rules are intended to prevent injuries when lifting a person seated in a wheelchair or scooter or standing passengers who may be aided by a cane or walker.

Wisconsin Enacts Law to Permit Registration of Former Military Vehicles

A bill that originally sought to provide legal registration to hobby vehicles with a clear title, required safety equipment and in good working order was signed into law by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill to Benefit Vehicle Restoration Projects

Legislation that originally threatened to provide localities with the authority to raise from $100 to $500 the amount charged for an annual license tax for vehicles that do not display current license plates was vetoed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
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