The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 271 (S. Res. 271) at the request of SEMA recognizing July 12, 2019, as Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD).
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The California Coastal Commission recently issued a staff report that recommends OHV riding at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) be scaled back and eventually prohibited. Oceano Dunes SVRA encompasses nearly 3,600 acres along the Pacific Ocean, of which OHV use is now limited to 1,500 acres or less.
The United States and China have embarked on a trade war following a breakdown in negotiations.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has withdrawn a 2012 proposal to revise Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 205, “Glazing Materials” by incorporating Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 6, “Safety Glazing Materials for Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Equipment.”
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.
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.