Legislation (H.B. 149/S.B. 493) that would exempt historic military vehicles from the requirement to display license plates has passed the Tennessee legislature and now goes to Governor Bill Lee for enactment into law.
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Legislation (H.B. 323) allowing for the titling and registration of former military vehicles passed the Transportation and Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs Committees and now awaits consideration on the Senate floor.
Companion legislation (S.F. 2694/H.F. 1817) has been introduced in Minnesota to allow for the issuance of only a single, rear-mounted license plate for special-interest vehicles.
Legislation (H.B. 410) introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives to allow for the installation and operation of bar-shaped auxiliary lighting on motor vehicles driven on public roads under certain conditions failed to be enacted before the legislature adjourned for the year.
Legislation (SB 460) was introduced in the California Senate to allow motor vehicle owners the option of moving to a biennial registration period.
Outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have allowed for the registration of a “military surplus vehicle” as an “historic vehicle.” “Historic vehicle” means a vehicle that is more than 25 years old, owned solely as a collector’s item and for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades and similar uses, including mechanical testing, but not used for general transportation. Use of the vehicle during the month of August in each year is considered an exhibition. In announcing his decision to veto the legislation, Governor Snyder explained that military surplus vehicles were not manufactured for on-road use and should be restricted to off-road purposes.
Legislation (L.D. 821/H.P. 587) has been introduced in the Maine State Legislature to allow vehicles at least 15 model years old to be exempt from needing a certificate of title or certificate of salvage to register the vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has withdrawn a proposed rule to require event data recorders (EDR) in all new cars and trucks since they are already being voluntarily installed by automakers in nearly all light-duty vehicles.
Legislation (S.B. 242) has been introduced in the Missouri Senate that would allow historic vehicles to be issued license plates without an annual mileage restriction.
Legislation (A. 4906) has been introduced that would require a biennial safety inspection instead of an annual inspection for antique, classic and collector vehicles.