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.
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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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has withdrawn a proposed rule to require event data recorders (EDR) in all new cars and trucks since they are already being voluntarily installed by automakers in nearly all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.
Legislation (H.B. 1993) has been introduced in the Washington House of Representatives as a companion bill to Senate legislation (S.B. 5417) to allow for the registration of “military surplus vehicles.”
Legislation (H.B. 1623) has been introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives to require the issuance of only a single, rear-mounted license plate for all motor vehicles.
Legislation (S.F. 193) has been introduced in the Iowa Senate to require the issuance of only a single, rear-mounted license plate for all motor vehicles.
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) sent its report to President Trump on whether imported automobiles and auto parts pose a threat to U.S. national security.
Legislation (A.B. 476) has been reintroduced in the New York Assembly to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for “street rods” and “custom vehicles.” This bill is based on SEMA model legislation.