At the urging of SEMA and the hobbyist community in the state, West Virginia legislation has been amended in committee. The bill originally sought to redefine “abandoned motor vehicles” to include vehicles or vehicle parts which are either unlicensed or inoperable, or both, are not in an enclosed building and have remained on private property for more than 30 days.
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SEMA is disputing claims that vehicle scrappage programs will clean the air or reduce the nation’s dependency on foreign oil. SEMA contends that these misdirected programs do more environmental harm than good, and deny cash incentives to millions of Americans who want to buy a new car.
The scrappage debate was recently revived when President Obama endorsed scrappage as part of an overall strategy to help rebuild the U.S. auto industry.
In a letter to President Obama, SEMA strongly opposed tying vouchers to a scrappage program.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) raised the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for Model Year 2011 vehicles by about 2 miles per gallon (mpg) above the 2010 standards. The NHTSA will use an attribute-based system which sets CAFE standards for individual fleets of vehicles based on size, taking into account the differences between cars and light trucks (SUVs, pickups and vans).
SEMA joined hundreds of companies and trade associations in sending a letter to President Obama on the critical need for affordable, private health care options within a voluntary employer-based system. Lawmakers in Congress will soon being drafting legislation intended to reform and expand the nation’s health care delivery system.
SEMA expresses continued commitment to work with President and Congress toward rebuilding U.S. auto industry, while continuing to oppose “cash for clunkers."
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.
Earlier this year, SEMA launched the largest grassroots effort in its
46-year history to prevent inclusion of a national “Cash for Clunkers”
program within the economic stimulus bill.
SEMA applauds efforts to stimulate new
car sales, but continues to oppose tying vouchers to vehicle scrappage programs, known as "cash for clunkers."
Utah lawmakers (from left), Representative Ken Sumsion, Senator John Valentine, Representative Patrick Painter and Representative Neal Hendrickson give the thumbs up just minutes after the bill passed the legislature.