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California Assembly Approves Increase in Number of "Specially Constructed" Vehicles; Bill Moves to Senate

The California State Assembly voted to approve legislation to increase
the registration limit for exempted specially constructed vehicle (kit
car) registrations from 500 to 750 vehicles per year. The bill will
next move to the Senate for consideration, where it is likely to have a
much tougher journey. Current law provides for emissions-system
certification and a model-year designation for specially constructed

California Bill to Increase "Specially Constructed" Class From 500 to 750 Vehicles Per Year Approved by Appropriations Committee

Legislation (A.B. 1740) in the California Assembly to increase the
registration limit for exempted specially constructed vehicle (kit car)
registrations from 500 to 750 vehicles per year was approved by the
Appropriations Committee. The bill will next move to the floor of the
Assembly for a vote by all members. Under current California policy,
specially constructed vehicles that do not receive one of the 500
sequence numbers are subject to a "muddied" titling, registration and
smog-check process.

SEMA Member Egge Machine Honored in California Salute to Small Business

Ernie Silvers, chief executive officer of Egge Machine Co., will be
honored in a ceremony recognizing the contributions of small business
to the state of California. Egge Machine, a SEMA member, was chosen to
receive the recognition by State Assemblymember Tony Mendoza.
California Small Business Day "A Salute to Small Business" will take
place at the Sacramento Convention Center on Tuesday, May 25.

New York Reintroduces Bill to Provide One-Time Historic Vehicle Registration Fee

Legislation has been reintroduced in the New York Assembly by
Assemblymember and State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus
Chairman Bill Reilich to provide that historical vehicle owners only
pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration. The
$100 one-time fee would replace the current annual fee of $28.75.

SEMA Action Network Breaks Through Political Barriers to Defend Rights of Automotive Community

Amidst a difficult economic environment and increased gridlock in
Washington, D.C., and in state capitols across the country, the SEMA
Action Network (SAN) continues to influence positive legislative action
for automotive hobbyists and small businesses serving the
specialty-equipment industry with recent achievements that include a
pro-hobby provision in the popular "Cash for Clunkers" bill.

Auto Transmission Shift Interlocks Required to Prevent Vehicle Rollaways

New cars with automatic transmissions must now be equipped with an
interlock device that requires the brake pedal be pressed before the
driver can shift the transmission out of “park." The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration took the action in response to a law
passed in 2008 designed to protect children from vehicle rollaways in
which a car is inadvertently shifted into neutral or another gear.

new requirement applies to all passenger cars and light trucks weighing
10,000 pounds or less and takes effect on September 1, 2010.


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