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NHTSA Corrects Lighting Standard References to Blue and Green Colors

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has restored the blue and green color boundaries within the federal lighting standard.

Health Care Law’s Next Steps

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted into law in 2010 and is being slowly implemented over eight years. Several key provisions affecting small businesses and individuals take effect in 2013. 

Federal Government to Mandate Black Boxes on All Light-Duty Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing to mandate installation of event data recorders (black boxes) on all new light-duty automobiles as of September 2014.

IRS Standard Mileage-Rate Deduction for 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set the standard business-mileage deduction at 56.5 cents a mile for 2013. The rate is one cent higher than in 2012.

Wyoming Proposes Registration/Fuel Tax Fee Increases

SEMA is working with Wyoming lawmakers to oppose legislation pre-filed for consideration in 2013 that would increase vehicle registration fees by $10 for passenger vehicles and would double registration fees based on unladen vehicle weight for non-commercial trucks.

California Legislator Drops Plan to Increase Vehicle Licensing Tax

California Senator Ted Lieu is dropping a plan to ask voters to triple the state’s vehicle license fee rates through a constitutional amendment. Under the plan, Lieu indicated that the 1.35% transportation system user fee increase would generate an estimated $3.5 to $4 billion annually for roads and public transit.

Democrats Gain Supermajority in California State Legislature

While most of the national attention during last November’s election was devoted to the presidential race, an event critical to the state of California also created news. With all the votes counted, one party has garnered enough seats in both houses of California’s legislature to now govern the state with a supermajority that can overturn a governor’s veto.

AAA Announces Opposition to E15 Gasoline

The American Automobile Association (AAA) is opposing the sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol content (E15).

NHTSA Study Demonstrates Effectiveness of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued survey results on the effectiveness of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). The technical report analyzes a sampling of data collected from tires mounted on model-year ’04–’07 vehicles.

SEMA Joins National Coalition Effort to Protect Motorized Recreation in Utah

SEMA has joined with the Off Road Business Association (ORBA), Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and a number of other motorized recreation groups to oppose designating 1.4 million acres of land in Utah as a National Monument.
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