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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.

Massachusetts Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Law Nears Critical Deadline

In 2010, Massachusetts enacted into law a version of SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods, custom vehicles, replicas and specially constructed vehicles. The law 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.

Texas DMV Issues Implementation Policy for Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Law; Contains Major Flaw

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued its policies and procedures for issuance of titles and specialty license plates to vehicle owners seeking registration as street rods or custom vehicles. 

SEMA Opposes EPA Action to Allow E15 Despite Continuing Threat of Automobile Damage

SEMA continues to oppose decisions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to permit the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15). The EPA has previously granted waivers to market the fuel for model-year 2001 and newer vehicles, despite industry concern that it poses a risk to older vehicles and certain high-performance specialty equipment of any age.

Utah Bill to Provide One-Time Registration Fee for Vintage Travel Trailers Signed Into Law

A SEMA-supported bill to create a statutory definition of a “vintage travel trailer” and provide for a one-time $40 registration fee was signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert.
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