California Vehicle Retirement Program: The Senate Environmental Quality Committee did not approve legislation to expand the state’s program for the retirement and replacement of older passenger vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks. The bill had previously been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee and full Assembly. Current law provides for “an enhanced fleet modernization program” to be administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair, based on guidelines adopted by the Air Resources Board. Beginning in the 2017–2018 fiscal year, the bill would have required the agencies to set specific and measurable goals for the program’s expansion. While the bill was granted “reconsideration” by the committee, it is unlikely to re-emerge and is essentially dead for the year.
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California Emissions: In a severe disappointment for the old-car hobby, the California Senate failed to gain final approval for legislation to exempt motor vehicles prior to the ’81 model year from the emissions-inspection requirement. Under the amended bill, vehicles manufactured after the ’76 model year but prior to the ’81 model year would have been exempted if the owner submitted proof that the vehicle was insured as a collector motor vehicle.
Alabama Titles: Legislation was signed into law by Governor Robert J. Bentley to exempt motor vehicles more than 35 years old from the requirement that they have certificates of title. Previously, only vehicles of model-year ’74 and older were exempted. Trailers 20 model years old and older are also to be exempted under the new law. Previously, only trailers of the ’89 model year and earlier were exempted. The law takes effect on January 1, 2017.
Wisconsin Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day: An Assembly Joint Resolution was introduced to annually designate the second Friday in July as Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day in the state. Six years ago, in an effort to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society, SEMA announced the second Friday in July as an annual commemoration of collector vehicles. The next Collector Car Appreciation Day will be celebrated on July 8, 2016.
SEMA is supporting Michigan legislation that would allow any municipality to issue a permit for a sanctioned motor vehicle racing event on highways, streets or airport runways within its geographical jurisdiction. Current Michigan law allows only cities to issue these permits.
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I am not the world’s greatest authority on the subject of cars and propulsion systems, but I’m probably pretty high on the list in Congress. Some people want cars to go away entirely. Others think we are headed to all electrics, all hybrids or fuel cells. Of course, there are 130 million cars and trucks in the United States today, which are almost entirely powered by gasoline.
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.
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.